This Independence Day, Free Yourself of Stress for a Good Night's Sleep
Topics: Healthy Sleep, Insomnia
We will be celebrating 75 years of freedom and liberty for India in 2022. Over this time, the citizens of our country have worked hard to ensure the nation's progress. They have laboured day and night to gain a standing amongst the global superpowers. But, keeping up with the fast-paced growth of the world to recover the lost progress of 200 years has resulted in a stressful and demanding lifestyle.
This is not an ideal scenario, as chronic stress can have a negative impact on the human body. It can lead to dangerous and life-long problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, memory loss, and heart attack. Besides, stress, whether for the short or long term, is not good for sleep and may result in insomnia. It can cause you to spend sleepless nights tossing and turning in your bed. So, to help you with these problems, here is a list of some methods to de-stress quickly. Have a glance!
What is stress? Why is it bad for your health?
When a person experiences emotional and physical tension flowing through his body, he is said to be under stress. The feeling can result from an event/thought, and leave you frustrated, angry, or nervous. Unlike anxiety, which continues even after the stressor is gone, stress results from an existing factor. While it may have a positive impact if the stress is short-term, the long-term problem can be dangerous. An example of a positive effect would be light stress before exam night, which can inspire you to study. However, if the pressure is intense and overwhelming, you may develop headaches and restlessness that can keep you from focusing on your studies.
The symptoms of stress can be vague and might be the same as those resulting from medical health problems. While the emotional signs of being stressed include feeling easily agitated, overwhelmed, depressed, and worthless, the physical symptoms are being low on energy, headaches, chest pain, upset stomach, and dry mouth. In the long term, stress may result in obesity, sexual dysfunction, menstrual problems, mental health problems, and skin and hair issues.
Tricks and tips to de-stress quickly
1. Stay Active:
Staying active is the key to a healthy mind and body. Doing so might not make the stress disappear suddenly, but it can help liberate some emotional intensity, so you feel calmer. In addition, staying physically active by playing tennis or taking a run may help release mood-busting chemicals called endorphins. Thus, staying active can make you feel better in a short time.
2. Take Control:
Stress can have a negative effect on your sleep cycle. It is one of the leading causes of insomnia, a condition where the patient finds it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Thus, it is vital to treat this issue by taking control of the situation. People often feel stressed because of a lack of control over their circumstances. Thinking you cannot do anything about the problem makes things worse and causes worry. Thus, one way to de-stress is to take control of things. Doing so is empowering and a crucial part of finding a solution.
Devices like laptops, smartphones, computers and tablets have become an unavoidable part of our lives. They have become undetachable, making it challenging to escape stress everywhere. A study conducted in 2018 shows that excessive use of smartphones may increase stress and anxiety. So, cutting the cord and avoiding emails and calls is vital, even if it is for 15-20 minutes. Minimising screen time may help both children and adults with de-stressing.
Practising inward-focused thinking and deep breathing has a calming effect on your nerves. While doing this exercise, you focus all your attention and eliminate the jumbled thoughts that surf your mind. It produces a state of deep relaxation and leads to a state of tranquillity. Moreover, meditation also offers benefits like reduced risk of heart problems and high BP.
5. 'Me' time:
In India, we have long working hours, contributing to our stressful and degrading lifestyles. All we think about is work and meeting deadlines, which leaves us with minimal time for socialising, relaxing, or exercising. Therefore, experts recommend people keep aside a couple of nights and get quality 'me' time for de-stressing. Getting away from meetings and deadlines and doing things that inspire you will help you relax.
Stress in small bouts can be helpful, but when it overwhelms you, it can have a poor effect on your body. It can lead to physical and mental health problems and cause sleepless nights. To prevent this from happening, make sure to follow the tips mentioned above. They can help relieve pressure, so people can learn to become free of stress on this independence day and have a good night’s sleep.