Stress is common in today’s busy life. Many people develop harmful habits like smoking, drinking, substance abuse, etc. to deal with stress. These habits may give temporary relief by taking the mind away from the situation causing stress. But in long run, they create new problems and destroy the individual’s life.
Many people are struggling with stress
Stress has become a part of our regular life today. It could be due to financial problems, problems at work, an argument with children or spouse, health issues like diabetes, arthritis or a heart disease. Look around and you find many people in stress for some reason or the other. Whether the problem is big or small, whether it is caused by external factors or internal perceptions, the ultimate result will be anxiety and stress.
People are turning to unhealthy habits
Many people have enough emotional strength and self-esteem by providence to deal with regular stress in life. However, some people, who are not mentally strong enough, turn to unhealthy activities that may provide an instant relief. As they feel better for that moment, they simply turn to unhealthy habits every now and then to confront stress. Thus, it turns into a habit and eventually an addiction.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Smoking, alcohol and drug abuse are common unhealthy habits adopted by people to beat the stress. However, you would not know when these unhealthy stress relieving habits have turned into causes of stress, making you weaker mentally. Not only will they add up to your stress, they will also start impacting your health adversely, making you unhealthy both physically and mentally.
Smoking: Though many people are aware of the fact that smoking is injurious to health, they find it to be a better option to deal with stress. Tobacco contains a psychoactive drug, nicotine, which creates an illusion in the human brain. The brain will not be able to understand the adverse effects on body like increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, tensed muscles, constricted blood vessels, etc. Smoking just transfers your stress from brain to body.
Excessive drinking: Many studies report that alcohol abuse is many times related to stress caused by economic struggle, job issues or marital discord. A drink or two may not matter much, but excessive drinking can simply land you in trouble. Long term excessive drinking may lead to chronic mental disorders apart from causing physical harm including liver and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, etc.
Illegal drug use: Many theories regarding addiction claim that stress leads to increased drug use. Illicit drug abuse is highly addictive and may cause more mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, etc. Adverse physical effects are obvious due to drug abuse. Drug abusing person may also face economic and social problems.
Inculcate healthy habits
Overeating or under-eating, procrastination, prescription drug abuse, sleeping too long etc. are other common unhealthy habits embraced by people to deal with stress. Like alcohol or substance abuse, also makes the stress level worse. Stress will always be there; the path you choose to manage it makes the difference.
There are many ways to manage stress effectively. Cultivating healthy habits of regular physical exercise, yoga or meditation, intake of nutrient-rich food etc. can help a lot in managing stress. Healthy habits not only protect you against harmful effects of stress, but also help you build physical strength and mental confidence to manage stress causing situations.
Practicing unhealthy habits may seem to be an easy way to deal with stress compared to adopting healthy lifestyle, but it will most probably lead to destruction.