“For one year I did not even know what was happening to me. I just used to feel very dark, gloomy and sad. I did not know what was the reason behind this, but I felt directionless. I felt hopeless and I hope that this never happens to anybody because hope is what we survive on and if we don’t have hope, we have nothing,” said Shama Sikandr, the actress form Yeh Meri Life Hai, on clinical depression.
Family, career, health, finances and what not? A women has sufficient reasons to feel stressed about. You can see your thoughts spinning, you might want to work in a certain way, but you just can’t. Because you’re stressed! In today’s world, where women are doing outstandingly good in every field, it all comes with a bunch of responsibilities. That’s where the stress comes in. While stress makes us give us our best, it becomes problematic when this stress starts becoming the reason for your psychological breakdown.
What is Stress?
Stress is the body’s response to anything new, or anything that requires a change in your everyday routine. And it’s perfectly natural. Stress comes with positive changes too.
Women tend to report stress more than men, and hence are more vulnerable to the emotional breakdown caused by stress. However, their tolerance level is way better too.
“As I started getting infuriated very soon, and my eating habits changed drastically, I knew there was something wrong. I approached our family doctor and on getting to know the symptoms, she told me I was heavily stressed,” said Saloni Srivastava, a student of PPN Degree College, Kanpur.
Stress might lead to dizziness, headaches, cold and sweaty palms, hairfall, upset stomach and mood swings.
“Although I was given some stress relief medicines, I decided to follow the natural path. I started practising yoga, and it helped me a lot. Maintaining your lifestyle in an effective way really helps,” added Saloni
Although women particularly have been said to handle stress in amazing ways, but there are times when they fail to do so, and hence start walking on the path of depression. Talk to your friends, go out with them. Enjoy life and not just live it. Give your work a fresh start. Believe me, it does wonders!
Be Positive and give yourself preference
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off … I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best,” popstar Selena Gomez was reported to have said on ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
Stress manifests in various ways. However, it totally depends on you as to how you are going to handle it. You need to develop an attitude of seeing positive in everything that happens. Moreover, considering the negative influence stress has on your health, you need to pay attention to what is causing the stress.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Hollywood star Emma Watson described her first experience of having a panic attack, when she thought the house was burning down. “I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change,” she revealed.
While you’re stressing upon something, ask yourself if it is really worth stressing upon. If the answer is Yes, again ask yourself if any amount of stress is going to change the situation. And the answer here, for everyone of us is a big NO.
Take a Break!
In an interview with Huffington Post, singer Demi Lovato, who has founded the Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health initiative, said, “Exercising is a way I deal with anxiety. Painting, and writing music and expressing myself through art are other ways that I can release emotions.”
Nutritionist and mental health expert Shweta Bhatia had earlier told SheThePeople.TV: “The more we talk about it, the lesser we lag behind in mental health issues. So the challenge here is to create more dialogues and talk more.”
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Anushika Srivastava is an Intern with SheThePeople.Tv