Stressing Out

StressI am sure all of us experience a very peculiar feeling in the pit of our stomach when we have a lot of work and very little time? Or when we have to meet a deadline? Or when we have to do something we are not so comfortable with? This terrible feeling is anxiety or stress!

In today’s day and age, stress is a very common phenomenon. Almost everyone seems to be stressed about something or the other. It can be due to forth coming exams, presentations, family pressures or any thing under the sun. The word ‘stress’ is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a state of affair involving demand on physical or mental energy”. In other words, Stress is basically this feeling of helplessness that we face when we see all doors closed to us, when we feel we are left all alone with no way out!

Everyone who we come across is stressed out with something or the other. School going students are stressed out with the never ending syllabus, college youth is stressed and saturated with deadlines and submissions to make, office goers are stressed with problems like difficult bosses, people traveling on the road are stresses out with traffic and so on.

Even though this problem seems to be very common, very often we don’t realize that we are stressed. Some cases become so extreme that these people reach a certain saturation level and burn out! How are we to know that we are stressed? Stress often results in physical symptoms such as tense muscles, unfocused anxiety, dizziness and rapid heartbeats and bad headaches. If it leads to so many problems, there ought to be a way to control it! Things like meditation, physical exercises, listening to soothing music, deep breathing act help in releasing stress.

Can you believe that stress also has a positive effect on us! Yes! That’s right! Many times when we stress about a particular task or goal, we are able to achieve it. The pressure that this stress produces drives us to our goal and in a way helps us attain it. Psychologists are of the opinion that some ‘stress’ situations can actually boost our inner potential and can be helpful. I would like to explain this with an example: Sudha Chandran, a capable Indian dancer, lost both her legs in an accident. But the pressure that she put on herself to overcome these inadequacies gave her more impetus to carry on with her dance performances. The stress that she went through saved her from defeat! I think, we should all channelize out stress in this positive direction,

Another very important thing is that it is due to this pressure only; we get to know our shortcoming be it time management or anything. We can work on this in the future and avoid more stress.

So stress in control is not bad. I think taking extreme tension in any circumstance is not preferred. So the next time you get that frightening feeling in your stomach tell yourself to calm down, it’s going to be ok!

Anjuri Nayar