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.

Bounceback Ability

How resilient are you?

Does the smallest setback in your business or personal life become a major drama? And does a major setback in your personal or business life become a total catastrophe?

How easy do you find it to bounce back from adversity? Some people seem to have amazing resilience to bounce back from personal or business failure but for others it can be far more difficult and potentially lead to significant health issues.

By showing external resilience it does not mean that you are unaffected by events, more that they have worked out how to deal with setbacks and have strong coping mechanisms as a result.

We can all work on our capability to bounce back from adversity. Here are seven hints and tips that will help.

Be happy with excellent even though you’re striving for superb.

There really is no such thing as total perfection so settling for completion of the project that is very good, or excellent, will reduce your stress levels and enable you to move on to the next project.

Take time out.

Even in the busiest of days it is important to give yourself some “me time“. This might involve reading, a hobby or exercise.

Do something different.

By signing up for a course at the local college or Joining a local sports club you will develop your relationships with others and boost your physical and mental well-being. 

Spend time with positive people.

It is widely known that some people can suck the energy out of the room; these people are known as mood hoovers and you should avoid them at all costs! Surround yourself with supportive friends and positive acquaintances. This is good for confidence and your own belief in yourself.

Keep active.

Staying in good health is important for resilience therefore aim for 30 minutes a day of moderate activity.

Talking.

Good relationships are key to resilience and there is nothing better than A good chat with a good friend or relative to affect the quality of your relationships.

Time is a healer.

Remember that no matter how bad things might seem at the moment due to a business failing or relationship breakdown, such bad times to pass And you will emerge a stronger person in due course.

Please note however that if you are experiencing extreme distress on an ongoing basis then you should seek professional help as well as taking the advice above.

 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.

 

Handling depression and the effect on your job


Mental Health is a global concern being given a higher than usual profile at the beginning of 2017.

Although it is not widely recognised, the number of individuals suffering from depression whilst holding a job down is significant. Forget the deadline burnouts and cases of the blues, we mean actual chronic depression!

According to Mental Health America, at any given moment, 1 in 20 employees (5%) is struggling with some form of depression.

And you simply don’t handle it through sheer willpower; that would be misunderstanding the problem. Formal, professional help is required although there is much that the individual can do to help themselves in handling depression and its effects in the workplace:

Understanding depression in the workplace.

Common perception places depression as a mood disorder influencing our overall emotional feeling. However, it also affects concentration, physical health, personal performance capacity and much more.

The ability to function normally may adversely affect both quality of life, work and job satisfaction.

Below are some effects on depression in the workplace:

· Relationships with colleagues: In a lot of cases, depression will result in withdrawal from co-workers and potential conflicts which can have a knock on effect to team and company performance. 

· Job Performance: With depression, it is can be difficult to handle day to day responsibilities and cope with changes in the workplace.

· Physical health deterioration: With depression, the energy levels are affected, something made worse by insomnia or disrupted sleep which all contribute to makes coping difficult and undermine performance. 

What can we do?

Firstly recognise the symptoms:

·        You are constantly exhausted.

·        Cooperating with colleagues takes ages.

·        You prefer the company of your computer alone in your office, to liaising with colleagues.

·        Your previously positive attitude is only rarely seen.

·        You have low self esteem.

·        Your morale is low and productivity is going down the drains.

·        You are constantly tempted to call in sick because you are exhausted.

If some or all of these apply to you then seek professional help and don’t let the onset of depression get a hold

Take a mental health break

When everything is just not clicking as is supposed to, when your performance, morale and output are suffering and you feel defeated, it is time to take a break and not just from your normal duties in the workplace, but from everything else.

Taking a mental break may just be the difference between proper recovery and total mental meltdown.

Set recovery as priority over your work.

Your work is important because that is how you pay the bills and look after your family; but it is not the only aspect of your life!

Even when there are deadlines to meet or during busy periods, nothing is more important than your health.

Don’t beat yourself up; perfection is just a theory

Everyone suffers disappointments, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and mistakes are common to everyone; give yourself breathing space for God’s sake! Re-adjust your expectations and attitudes relative to your job. Why? Problems are inevitable and no one is perfect.

Establish symptom-specific methods: 

The best way to address a problem is to study it and work out appropriate ways to cope with it. This is especially so with depression, particularly in the workplace. Identify particular symptoms that you have noticed over the years and establish proper methods to deal with them.

For instance, if your concentration suffers then why not break the work down into smaller manageable elements which can make the overall task less onerous.

Job politics and diverse personalities are just part of the job

When working with different individuals, some things such as conflicting interests and agendas are inevitable. This is normal so do not let this get on top of you. Try to rationalise and recall that similar situations have happened in the past and they were overcome.

No one is an island

No one goes through life alone. Even if you live in an upmarket suburb and money is not a worry, you still need people; whether it is food, transport, job, people are important in your life. Do not go through everything alone, involve your co-workers where you can share responsibilities, incorporate family members in your activities and use them when you need a shoulder to lean on.

Remember, one of the ways to go about handling depression is venting not concealing.

Not just with depression, but with any other health concern, it can be very difficult to be at your best when preoccupied with your health. Whether you are already working on it or just beginning, it is important to have coping mechanisms that work for you – some of the above will supplement the professional help that you should seek.

Remember – Mayfair Cares.

With acknowledgement:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-information