A little stress upon stress

Understanding stress

Why should we understand stress? I do assume that there are a lot of people on this planet, including me, who have done something or handled something or dealt with something without understanding what it is. That my dear friends, causes a lot of stress. However, that's not the point I' am trying to make here. I would like to share a few thoughts with you on how to handle stress when it walks into your life [as always, uninvited]. It's my strong belief that you will be in a better position to handle something if you know it better. I've heard people say, " If you wanna earn lots of money, you must know how money works!" So, to deal with stress, it would be more helpful for you to know why & how it comes.
And to define stress, I take the help of the standard English dictionary. In a physiological perspective, stress is defined as a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism. Simple and beautifully put across. Isn't it? Well, all of us are aware that our body has it's own clock. When our everyday activities go according to this clock, there is no room for stress at all, there. Even the slightest change in our activities creates a disturbance in the equilibrium. As a domino effect, this disturbance starts affecting the vital processes happening in our system.

Let's take an example

Imagine a situation where you have missed boarding an early morning flight because you reached the airport 2 minutes late. Now let's go back in time to see what was happening before this. Before reaching the security check, you are worrying through out the time as you stand in the long queue, at the baggage check-in counter that you might miss your flight. And before that, you are now worrying and tensed as you are reaching the airport by cab all the way from your home which is 30 kilometers away, that you might miss the flight. Now at home, you are again worried  that you might miss the flight, as you are packing your bags and getting ready to board the cab that was booked previous night. When we go little more back in time now, you are seen on your couch, in deep sleep and you suddenly wake up to a phone call by the cab driver who has already arrived in front of your home. Lastly, when we rewind 45 minutes back, you are still lying on your couch and you are turning off the alarm clock!!

BAM!!! Now you know why you were late. It's common sense that you should have woken up as soon as the alarm rang. But you didn't! And as a chain reaction, you missed your early morning flight! Now, this situation might have taught you an expensive lesson. So, you do stand a chance to make it a point that you never miss a flight in future, at least not for the reason of not waking up on time. Why would you seize from committing this mistake again? Off course, there is a huge loss to incur which is visible to you. But in terms of handling stress, a lot of people delay the necessary action even after knowing the cause. This might be because the loss that is happening currently isn't visible. Unfortunately, some people rely on immediate and temporary solutions such as alcohol consumption, smoking and drug abuse that bring down the stress, just for the time being.

The approach to stress

Our body is designed in the 'fight' or 'flight' mode. When a person's reaction towards stress is coming from the 'flight' mode, his/her behaviour reflects the trait of escaping the situation than facing it. When a person smokes or consumes alcohol or drugs, they attain temporary relief. This relief comes due to the release of hormones like cortisol, dopamine, adrenaline, etc. Apart from bringing temporary pleasure, these hormones also have adverse effects on our health. The secretion of these hormones also affect the neurotransmitters that play a key role in the functioning of our brain. This in turn results in blackouts, memory lapse, blood sugar abnormalities, sleep deprivation, gastrointestinal disorders, weakened immune system and many more such damages that could be irreversible. In spite of knowing these ill effects, if the person continues to bank on the temporary solutions, he/she might end up having a chronic disease or life threatening disease in the long term. So, it is always better to choose the 'fight' mode and fight the stress in an organic way and eliminate the root cause of stress, forever. Once you choose to handle stress this way, there are tons of methods and ways to follow to beat stress. This book can be of great help to you in learning the techniques to reduce & handle stress.