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The Impact Of Stress On Mental Health
January, 2019
Srijana Bagaria
Co-Founder, Pee Safe

Stress can be defined as the feeling you have when you are subjected to abnormal pressure. In today’s hectic life, a variety of situations can trigger stress - from common events and situations like financial worries and inability to maintain a work-life balance to being undervalued at work and strained relationships with family members. Some life changing events or major upheavals too can cause stress. These could include the death of a dear one, unemployment, divorce and moving house. Extreme stressful events (that aren’t your everyday experience) like torture or abuse can even lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

However, not all stress is negative. Some can be beneficial in the short-term, especially the ones that let you perform better under pressure (in a job interview, at a meeting, in a sports competition etc). But when you are suffering from prolonged or excessive stress, it can cause emotional and physical exhaustion together with behavioral disorders, all of which affect vitality, health, peace-of-mind, as well as professional and personal relationships. Excessive stress may even trigger a variety of ailments that contributing to your burgeoning level of stress.

At times, all these can turn into a vicious circle, whereby you may find it hard to distinguish between where stress stops and your mental health problems start.

Coping With Stress

From learning to note your body’s response to stress (like feeling tired/irritated, sad/depressed, difficulty in sleeping, excessive alcohol intake) to staying in touch with your loved ones who can provide you with emotional and other support, exercising daily (together with meditation and deep breathing for relaxation), nurturing a hobby - you need to take practical steps to manage stress in your daily life.