Stress the silent killer

Is stress good for you? Is it really a part of your normal routine?

The simple answer is, it can be good, but only in small doses; too much of it and it can kill you…

Do any of these look familiar to you? The Signs and Symptoms of stress:

  • Memory issues
  • Inabilitity to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Visulazing only negative things
  • Worrying
  • Anxious
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Depression
  • Aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Cheast pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Colds
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Sleeping issues
  • Isolation
  • Leaning towards alcohol drugs and cigarettes

 If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress here are some tips to dealing with stress:

  • Avoid unnecessary stress, don’t go out of your way to find problems or immerse yourself situations of high stress
  • Alter the situation at hand
  • Learn to accept the things which can’t be changed
  • Exercise regularly, Yoga is very helpful in unwinding your day (or do something more intense to let everything out!)
  • Relax with things you like to do, this should be ‘me’ time and just concentrate on yourself
  • Healthy diet is important
  • Sleep for 7 to 8 hours a day.

It has been shown that pyschosocial factors such as stress can lead to or worsen pains in the body such as neck pain, lower back pain and headaches. While coming for physiotherapy for pain, your therapist will often ask questions about stress to see if stress will effect your response to treatment and long term recovery. They can help suggest ways to manage your stress if you are in doubt.

 

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Karishma Jhaveri

Karishma Jhaveri

Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Karishma completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Manipal, India and has also completed Mulligan therapy certificaion. In Manipal Hospital, she worked for 3 years in clinical placement under several areas including diabetic clinic, pediatric wards, burns ICU and cardiac ICU. She then continued working in Mumbai under the President of Indian Association of physiotherapy Dr Ali Irani. Her work also includes health surveys in India for WHO in rural parts near Manipal, and she has taken a special interest in working with children.
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