Was his tone rude in the email? Did she sound preachy? Why does he not give me my due importance? Yes, these might be questions that can actually lead to stress in your life. Though stress is a very broad term, it is said to be an expression of the body’s natural instinct to protect itself. So it’s a very subjective phenomenon. What can trigger stress in you, might not be the cause of any stress at all in another. It depends on an individual’s perception and threshold.
That explains why the effects of stress are different on men and women. Though the female sex hormones and brain chemistry offer some protection to women from stress, still they are the ones who are affected more by the emotional and physical effects of stress than men. Psychiatrists explain that the effects of oxytocin, known as the natural anti-stress hormone, is actually enhanced by the female hormone estrogen and reduced by the male hormone testosterone. As a result women enjoy a certain level of protection from stress, but the problem lies in the fact that women actually need more amount of oxytocin to maintain their emotional health than men. And that explains why, despite enjoying a protective layering women are the ones who are more affected by stress than men.
Nowadays we see not just psychological, but a lot of physiological problems as well that are caused due to stress. And the result is the birth of a whole new terminology called ‘psychosomatic’ diseases. Doctors say these are diseases, which have physiological symptoms, but their causative factors could be psychological, implying intense stress. Like diabetes is said to be one such psychosomatic disease, for which one of the triggering factors is said to be excessive amount of stress. There are a host of diseases, which recent researches prove are psychosomatic as their triggering factor is stress. High blood pressure, lower back pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are all said to have a deep rooted causative factor, which is stress.
Starting from a small discomforting thought in the mind, stress can assume humongous proportions leading to psychological problems like depression or for that matter paving way for a host of other psychosomatic diseases. So the best thing to do is nip stress in the bud. Don’t let it ruin your life. Live in the present, breathe easy, stay calm and give your best shot to everything in life without worrying about the result.
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