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Stress: A vulnerable virus to human health, by Efifia Ogbor


A mental-health charity in the United Kingdom says between  1 in 5 British workers had been made them physically and mentally ill during their career, and unmanageable pressure had caused 1 in 4 to cry while at work. Prescriptions for antidepressants saw an unprecedented rise during one recent year of economic recession.

Stress is a pressure or worry caused by the problems in somebody’s life both mentally and physically, says “Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, International Student’s Edition.

Stress in itself is not necessarily harmful. The American Psychological Association has noted: “Stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music shrill or the string snaps. Stress can be the kiss of death or the spice of life”. And the issue is how to manage it, because stress can result to depression and if not manage properly or seek counsel from your friends, family and doctor; it could result to madness and suicide.

In recent year(s), stress has caused a lot of damage to humanity. We hear cases of youths and adults who commit’s suicide. Some as a result of poverty, financial threats, not able to meet targets, grades, forced-marriage, lack of jobs etc.

Stress activates an amazing system in your body-your emergency response system-which Hormones are released to increase. Your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, reserves of blood cells and glucose flood into your bloodstream. This cascade of reactions prepares you to deal with the stress, the stimulus causing the stress. After the stress or has passed, your body may return to normal. But when  a stress or remains, it can leave you chronically anxious or tense, like a motor that stays revved up. So learning how to deal with stress is important to both your physical and mental well-being.

People vary in temperament and general health. What stresses one person may not stress another. You are likely over stressed if your regular routine makes you so tense that you cannot relax or deal with the occasional emergency. To help them “cope” with chronic stress, some people turn to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. Others begin abnormal eating patterns or sit passively in front of a TV or computer-habits that do no address the underlying problem but may, in fact, exacerbate it.

To manage stress, we need to confide in a trusted friend or family member. Studies show that the support of loved ones consistently confers protection against stress-related disorders (SRD). Yes, “a true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress, says Proverbs 17:17. Tap into the power of prayer. Do not continually focus on worst case, such thinking does little more than drain emotional reserves, and what you fear may not come.

A relentless routine of commuting, working, studying, or caring for children or elderly parents can keep stress levels high. Moreover, stopping some of these activities may be out of the question. Try to give yourself some downtime, and get adequate rest, “Ecclesiastes 4:6 says, better is a handful of rest than two handful of hard work and chasing after the wind”. Set sound priorities, and adopt a modest lifestyle. Consider simplifying your life, perhaps by reducing expenses or time spent at work or other activities.

Conflicts with others, especially in the workplace, can be very stressful. If you experience such difficulties, you have a number of options that may help, when someone upsets you, try to stay  calm. Do not add fuel to the fire. Try to settle differences privately and respective. Thus dignifying the other person in other to gain insight into his or her feelings and viewpoint, such “slows down our anger” because it puts us in the other person’s shoes. Try to forgive because forgiveness is not only beautiful, it is a good medicine that can aid stress.

Ififia writes from Ughelli, Delta State




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