Five health problems caused by stress



Stress can be a contributory cause to many conditions experienced by society today Some of these issues are widely known but others may come as a surprise and we examine five as well as two coping mechanisms that we hope will help. 

Depression and anxiety.

It is absolutely no surprise that stress is related to depression and anxiety. Stressful relationships, either at home or in the workplace will create the likelihood that sufferers will develop depression and, or anxiety, more so than those people who are less stressed.

Headaches.

It is widely recognised that stress is one of the most common causes of chronic migraines and tension headaches. Both are debilitating conditions and add to the likelihood of depression and anxiety developing.

Diabetes.

Stress can create unhealthy habits such as comfort eating and excess alcohol intake. In extreme cases, such habits if not brought under control can lead to obesity and diabetic conditions.

Heart conditions.

It is widely believed that stress contributes to heart problems brought on by high blood pressure. This, coupled with bad habits such as excess eating, drinking, and possibly smoking, will all contribute to the risk of heart attacks.

Early death.


Research has indicated that people under a great deal of stress are over 60% more likely to die at a younger age than those who are less stressed.

So what can we do?

We have written before on the subject of stress management and refer you to those articles below this one. In short, there is no easy fix. It takes effort and time to battle stress but here are two tips that work for many people.

Deep Breathing.

Deep breathing for several minutes at moments of high anxiety can relieve the situation to a degree.

If suffering from a panic attack, one technique is to use a small paper bag and breathe into it filling up the bag completely when exhaling, then another deep breath and fill the bag again. Do this until the feelings pass.

 

This is a widely used technique, not only for panic attacks but for more general stress relief during the day, several minutes of deep breathing four times a day can produce positive results over a period of time.


Avoid Catastrophising by using Perspective. 

If suffering from stress and feeling low many people have the tendency to catastrophise. For example; is this headache a brain tumour? Is that twinge in the chest a heart attack? Is that nasty cough A symptom of something far worse?
Many people do this and if it happens have this conversation with yourself:

“What’s the worst thing that could happen to me?“.

               Answer “well, I could die.“

“Yes of course you could put has this feeling happened before?”

               Answer “yes, it has!"

“And are you still alive?“

               Answer “Yes I am!"

“Well then just console yourself with the fact that the feeling, however unpleasant and frightening, will pass."

 

Please be aware that we would always encourage anyone suffering from a stress related condition to seek professional medical advice.


Good luck!

 

Mayfair, we care.

Does exercise improve your mood?


Every one of us has probably heard countless times that exercise and a full body check-up is good for us in more than one ways.

Maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle is one of the most challenging tasks in our modern lives. There are so many pressures from our profession, social lives, personal, family issues and others.

These matters are something all of us have to deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes it can get difficult trying to find a good balance between all these equally important aspects of our lives. While others are good at finding a balance, some will struggle throughout their entire lives. 

For those who struggle a lot, there is the possibility of mental stress which may lead to mental health issues at a later stage in their lives. In dealing with this problem, many health professionals have recommended the use of exercising as a major mechanism for dealing with stressful life and ultimately improving your mental capacity in dealing with the pressures of life.

Exercising is onerous at times when we just don’t feel like it, but it has numerous benefits besides building muscles and burning fat because it can be the most effective way of eliminating stress and improving your mood. 

Making it a habit

Getting regular exercise can help your body produce brain chemicals called endorphins that are known to improve mood. You don't even need to participate in an intense exercise, a brisk 20-minute walk should be enough to help your body produce these feel-good chemicals.

The best way of making the most of exercise is to find one that you enjoy and that you will carry out regularly to help maintain your fitness levels as well as your mood. This will also improve your overall health, which is another thing to feel good about. 

Keeping a consistent exercising routine will help improve your mental health and will, in turn, increase your capacity to juggle between your profession, family, social and all the important activities that make life worth living.

While this benefit is quite obvious, many people do not have the discipline to carry it through for a consistent period of time.  Statistics made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that people suffering from mental problems such as depression, amounts to about 300 million.

That is a huge and shocking number by all standards.

Fortunately, this is a problem that can easily be avoided if people took matters into their own hands. (http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression)  By exercising, a person is able to improve his or her mood, reduce symptoms of stress, anger, and depression, and ease anxiety and reduce cognitive decline.

Endorphins are hormones in the body that help improve your mood when the body inactive. Exercises such as running, jogging or walking are a few routines that can help you increase your endorphins.  Another form of hormones that improve your mental alertness is neutrophils and monoamines. This is related to the white blood cells. The white blood cells improve on your immune system with assistance from the neutrophils and monoamines.

Mayfair, we care.

 

Are you looking after yourself?


 

Self-care is not high on our list of priorities until something bad happens. We need to avoid this and to become more aware of the messages that our mind and body are sending to us all the time.

 

Here are three essential issues that you should watch out for:


You have trouble falling asleep

You’re exhausted but you can’t get to sleep. These problems often occur when your nervous system is not behaving itself and is a sign that all is not well. You will need to devote some time to try and rebalance your system

 

Concentration levels drop.

Deadlines are looming and you’re running out of time, but you simply can’t focus. You find yourself attending to unimportant issues and leaving more pressing tasks half done. The important ones don’t even get started! Why can’t you focus?

 

The truth might be that you need a break and complete rest from what you are doing.

 

Small things irritate you.

The slightest problem sets you off. The doorbell rings and your mobile phone goes at the same time and you just feel that you can’t cope.

 

This is a sign that you are not yourself and that your mind is overloaded.

 

What to do about it

Decide to take better care of yourself – now.

Choose one thing that you will do every day to assist the feelgood factor.

 

This could be getting regular exercise or going to bed early, meditation or socialising but whatever you choose, do it consistently.


Don’t be over ambitious

It is pointless to set yourself an exercise target that is unachievable.

 

Set achievable targets for yourself and the satisfaction when you accomplish these targets will be immense. The targets can be revised as necessary.

 

Take a break.

Taking a break makes you feel stronger, refreshed and re-energises you.

 

Start exercising in a way that you would enjoy. A jog or walk in the sunshine, a swim, your favourite sport – all of these things and many more will improve your mood.

 

In summary, there is only you that knows how you feel therefore it is your responsibility to take good care of yourself and hopefully these simple hints and tips will help.

 

Mayfair, we care.

 

21st Century Illnesses

Is Technology Making You Anxious?                                   

A new epidemic is sweeping the country — and it's being fueled by social media.

Websites like Instagram and Facebook are causing users serious stress, resulting in a spike in anxiety and psychological disorders. This new type of 21st-century illness often impacts teenagers and young adults who use online platforms several times a day.

Research shows that excessive social media image could result in poor body image and feelings of insecurity. So, what's going on?

The Link Between Social Media and Stress

Several studies have looked at the link between social media and stress.

One study looked at how Facebook could cause depressive symptoms in some users [1]. Perhaps this is because of peer pressure. Some young adults post every aspect of their life online, leaving their friends to play "catch-up." What's more, Photoshopped images on social networks like Instagram and Twitter can result in young adults feeling seriously inadequate.

All this may spill over into an even more dangerous territory, with some social media usage resulting in eating disorders and mental health conditions. 

What Can Be Done?

There are a number of ways young adults can curb their social media usage.

Restricting the amount of time they spend on websites like Pinterest and YouTube might solve the problem. In addition, there are various coping mechanisms that help people deal with conditions like stress and anxiety.

Healthcare experts recommend healthy eating and working out as a way to banish the blues [2]. This is because regular exercise releases endorphins, also known as the body's feel-good chemicals. This can help regulate mood and assist social media users with stress.

Other Healthcare Concerns and 21st-Century Illnesses 

The rise of digital media has benefited people and businesses around the world. However, there are a number of drawbacks associated with this recent technology. Some people who frequent websites like Twitter and Facebook might be exposed to cyberbullies, who torment them on these sites. Again, this can have a significant effect on the mental health of some young adults and result in feelings of depression and anxiety. Healthcare experts recommend that people should report cyberbullies.

Conclusion

There is a raft of stressors that are unique to the 21st century. These include the rise of social media sites, which can sometimes cause people to feel anxious, especially if they are exposed to cyber bullies.

It's not all doom and gloom however, social media provides users with a plethora of benefits. People can communicate with friends and family around the world, make new connections and keep their contacts updated with life events. 

Everything in moderation – including social media,

Remember, Mayfair cares

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References:


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183915/

[2] 
www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/how-to-beat-stress-a-complete-and-relaxing-guide/

What In the World is FOMO and How Do You Get Rid of It?


FOMO, or fear of missing out, is having uneasy or all-consuming feelings that you are missing out on things that others are doing, enjoying and succeeding in. If you have this feeling or believe that your friends have it better than you, then you are experiencing FOMO.

FOMO is not in any way a good thing because it makes you do things you should not be doing in the first place just because you want to have every possible option. You are always saying yes to social and business invitations you don’t necessarily want to attend only because you feel like others will be in on something big and you will be left out.

You are constantly checking social media to be in the know at all times and when your phone rings, you instantly answer it.

The anxiety will wane, some of the time, but it won’t. A lot of young adults find themselves dealing with this phenomenon and even though it sounds like a modern life symptom, it a vicious cycle you definitely need to break.

Where does FOMO come from?

As surprising as it sounds, it comes from unhappiness. Fear of missing out happens to people who are not feeling good about their lives. If you keep wondering if everybody else is having more fun or more business success in their lives, then you feel the need to find out, which takes much of your time and energy away from working on your own enjoyment and success. 

What most people don’t realise is that they don’t feel better after finding out; they end up feeling worse, especially if they discover that friends or business colleagues are actually having such a blast.

Going to social media for happiness will not work. Happiness comes from within but when you are so wrapped up in other people’s world, you lose interest in your world.

How do you get rid of FOMO?

  • ·        Be aware you have it - You first need to acknowledge that you are actually feeling this fear then work towards improving it.
  • ·        Be honest - To yourself as well as to others. If you say yes to everything for the fear of missing out on anything, you will spread yourself to thinly to actually accomplish anything.
  • ·        Don’t procrastinate - Undecided things just take up a certain brain capacity for no reason. If you might not be able to accomplish something, say no immediately and that will be settled. Gauge the opportunities and decide what will be more worthwhile then commit to it.
  • ·        Be grateful for what you have - If you are grateful for all the things you have in your life, you will be happier. If you can imagine losing some of the important things in your life like family and friends and your career, then you will be able to appreciate them and be grateful for them. 

Final thought

FOMO is beatable, especially when you realise that most of what is on the media is simply face. People post fake lives to give the illusion that they have it better than others while in real life, they are just living normally, just like you. Avoid spending all time envying the illusion on all the cleverly crafted pictures of perfect life on social media because, in the long run, the only thing you will be missing out on is your own life. 

Remember, Mayfair cares

 

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Day 10th October 2016

 


Mental health influences how we think, interact and behave.

 

Problems of mental health can affect anyone regardless of the age, social class or background. Research studies indicate that a mental health patient has an average life expectancy of 1 to 2 decades less when compared to those of sound mental health.

 

There is a significant link between mental health and physical health. This is because individuals with mental illness are highly likely to develop chronic illnesses and vice versa.

 

The importance of mental health awareness day on 10th October is to enable everyone to focus on mental health issues that are often ignored.

Statistics

Research statistics very but close to 50% of adults will experience mental health problems at one point or the other in their lives. 50% of such people experience symptoms that are moderate to severe in intensity.

 

4 of 10 major causes of disability among individuals aged 5 years or older are problems associated with mental health. Depression (a form of mental illness) is the main cause of disability.

 

More shocking is that only 20% of victims of mental illnesses access professional help. There is no doubt that a big improvement is needed to change the statistics. 

Importance of mental health awareness day in society

The importance of mental health awareness in society cannot be over emphasized.

 

What follows are some of the reasons why creating awareness of mental health in society is essential for individuals and their loved ones:

  • Mental health awareness in society helps to educate the public and therefore reduce stigma associated with it. This will serve to alter misconceptions related to mental illness. Destroying such barriers to support and social stigmas can go a long way in the mental illness awareness campaign. 
  • Creating awareness of mental health in society can assist individuals to recognize some mental illness warning signs. This can facilitate early or timely professional diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Reaching for help early enough has been the pitfall for most mental illness cases. 
  • Such mental health awareness days serve to remind people of the reality of these illnesses and to emphasize that they require proper treatment. 
  • Awareness will help in reducing and eventually eliminating the cases of suicide instigated by mental illnesses. 
  • It helps end social exclusion experienced by mental health patients. This is very significant as over 70% of mental health victims conceal their illness to themselves. This happens because they fear being judged by peers and the society as a whole. 
  • It promotes better comprehension of issues that are related to mental illness in society.
  • It encourages the celebration of each and every individual’s unique worth in society and also encourages supporting victims of mental illness. 
  • It may assist in changing the mindset of insurance companies and policy makers to pay for the treatment required by mental illness patients. 

Conclusion

Mental health awareness day is a noble and global initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health that is aimed at promoting understanding of this illness. The importance of mental health awareness day on 10th October cannot be over emphasized. 

 

Remember, Mayfair cares.



Sources
https://www.cbhs.com.au/news/2014/11/24/raising-awareness-for-mental-health
ptsdtreatmenthelp.com/importance-mental-health-awareness-month/
www.healthplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/importance-of-mental-health-awareness-efforts/
www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental-health-disorders/overview-of-mental-health-care/mental-illness-in-society

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