Stress, A Silent Natural Killer in the 21st Century!
Feeling Stressed? Where Do You Live?
Bloomberg studies recently and in the past have indicated that it is mostly developing countries where people suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety.
A lot of factors are taken into consideration during the scientific studies of what causes stress overall ranging from stress in the workplace, traffic and commuting, levels of crime, financial situations, and healthcare systems.
Naturally, there are spikes in stress from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, political unrest and environmental catastrophes.
Living in the city is naturally more stressful compared to living in rural areas and small towns because the hustle and bustle of the city are infectious.
Traffic noise pollution has been proven to increase levels of stress and this is also experienced in busy cities the likes of New York, Miami and cairn which is claimed to be the noisiest city in the world.
Early Death, Depression and Suicides Linked to Chronic Stress…
Chronic stress is not the killer but the triggering of serious illnesses and diseases it causes, ranging from heart attacks to cancer, strokes, diabetes and depression.
Built-in fight or flight instincts in the human body are triggered during impending real or even perceived danger to release adrenaline for your survival. Heart rates are increased, sweat flow increases, raised sugar levels in the blood and hairs on your body will stand erect.
Those butterflies you feel in your stomach before a job interview, public speaking, meeting the parents or for any event causing you, anxiety is normal responses to stress. When a [person has said to freeze during a highly stressful event it is because the brain perceived the event as being overwhelming.
Perhaps in ancient times when a dangerous predator was stalking humans, this keeping absolutely still was our way of survival?
So How Stressful is the Country Where You Live?
The map above courteous of Bloomberg lists the most stressful countries in the world RED and the least in BLUE. In 2015 South Africa and Nigeria topped the list of being the most highly stressed countries in the world due to criminal violence and unemployment and to date, they remain in the top 2.
If you suffer from high levels of stress and anxiety it will negatively affect your health, but you know that by now right. Headaches, sleepless nights, indigestion, short temper and anger, and comfort eating are all symptoms of serious chronic stress.
Knowing what Symptoms to look out for will indicate whether you are stressed and then you can take steps to manage it by learning to relax.
These are some of the psychological stress symptoms to look out for:
- Suffering from Constant mental tiredness and the ability to concentrate properly on tasks.
- Absent mindedness and erratic decision making.
- Lack of sex drive and libido.
- Feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth.
- Feeling of being under pressure all the time with mental strain.
- Convincing yourself you cannot complete tasks or do anything correctly
- Depression, sadness, and feelings of loneliness
- Frustration, lack of sense of humour and easily angered.
- Bad dreams and Nightmares.
- Agitation and outburst of rage.
- Guilt and feeling hopeless and lost.
- Anxiety and defensiveness.
Some Physical manifestations of chronic stress
- Excessive sweating underarms, on palms and the neck.
- Insomnia or struggling to go to sleep.
- Cramps in the legs, arms, and neck
- Tension headaches and constant low grade back of the headaches.
- Dryness in the mouth and bad tastes
- Feeling unbalanced and dizziness
- Tightness in the chest causing breathing difficulty or hyperventilation
- Upset stomach, indigestion and diarrhoea
Some Behavioural Symptoms of Stress People Can Experience.
- Hair Pulling, and even eating hairs (trichotillomania)
- OCD obsessive-compulsive disorders such as frequent hand washing, rechecking things over and over again.
- Excessive avoidance of certain situations, events, social anxiety.
- Comfort eating causing excessive weight gain
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive drinking smoking and drug taking.
It’s easy enough to see that stress is a negative factor both mentally and physically so if you are aware that you suffer from these symptoms or know of someone that does it is wise to undergo stress management before serious illness results.
There are many ways to manage stress ranging from meditation to yoga, exercise, taking up a hobby, removing yourself from stressful situations such as moving to another town or city, and even changing your job or career.
Some research on this website will provide you with practical ways of reducing stress in your life and getting back peace of mind and spiritual well being. Remember that stress breaks down your body immune system opening it up to all sorts of serious diseases. Chronic stress left unchecked is fatal!