By: Saipriya V
Staying happy is vital for every human being. It is found that having fun with the family and friends found to have a positive effect on our immune system. On the other hand, people who experience anger, frustration, loneliness, problems with relationships and trauma were found to have decreased immunity. In other words, it affects their health. Though this causal relationship remains unclear, studies show that wound healing and sickness recovery takes longer time for people with high stress and negative emotions.
This may be due to the fact that stress reduces the hormones in brains such as adrenaline and cortisol which have a wide range of effects in the Immune system. Short term effect of stress include suppressing the immune system and making one more likely to pick a bug and catch a cold. On the other hand, the long term effect of stress can overstimulate the immune system resulting in an increased risk of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Hence it is important to reduce stress. Some of the strategies to reduce stress can be following your state of mind throughout the day and recognizimg the signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.Whenever you feel stressed, write down the cause. Once you know, what’s make you stressed, develop a plan for addressing it. Set priorities-decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Setup more reasonable expectations for yourself and others or asking for help with household responsibilities, job assignments or other tasks.
Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off stress because it has been found that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can increase the production of endorphins boost mood and reduces stress. Similarly building strong relationships can also serve as stress buffers. Reach out to family members or close friends and let them know you’re having a tough time. They may be able to offer assistance and support, useful ideas or just a fresh perspective as you begin to tackle whatever’s causing your stress.
The modern world almost is set up to produce anxiety and frustration. Though stress cannot be avoided altogether, we can minimize our reactions to the stressful events and by reducing the demand upon us. Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better right now but may also protect your health long-term.