Stress and Depression…. these are the two scary terms. We often ignore our stress and depression or we ignore it for others. But more or less we all suffer from that.
I have been writing on these topic for quite a time and really these two basically gives with lots of problems to us. So, ignoring them is a dumb thing rather we must gather our whole strength to fight with them.
From all those problems, these most unhappy one is they accelerate our age time. Now, who wants to get aged quickly, who wanna to get a face full of wrinkles so early, who wannna have the dull skin, lifeless hair and a body full with tiredness and fatigue….NO ONE RIGHT!!!!
Yes, we don’t really want them affect us but it will if we ignore them. So we should gather knowledge and trust me this knowledge will itself help your brain and your body to fight them.
Chronic stress has been shown to have a number of negative health impacts, from insomnia to weight gain to an increased risk for heart disease — not to mention impairing the immune and digestive systems as well as the central nervous system. And when it comes to aging, we’ve all heard that worrying will give you wrinkles. Stress can be a contributor to premature aging.
When we’re under ongoing stress, it creates that fight-or-flight reaction in an unrelenting way, and as a result, stress chemicals are released into the body and this release of those stress chemicals creates biological changes.
You have a life filled with that constant stress, little by little the body is breaking down.
Let’s determine what those biological changes actually look.
Job Stress Can Damage Cells, Leading To Early Aging :
In today’s competitive world, the workplace too often seems like an emotional roller coaster.
Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever-increasing demands can leave you feeling worried, drained, and overwhelmed. And when stress exceeds your ability to cope, it stops being helpful and starts causing damage to your mind and body.
When you feel overwhelmed at work, you lose confidence and may become angry, irritable, or withdrawn. Other signs and symptoms of excessive stress at work include:
- Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
- Apathy, loss of interest in work
- Problems sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension or headaches
- Stomach problems
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of sex drive
- Using alcohol or drugs to cope
1.Having a solid support system at work can help buffer you from the negative effects of job stress. Just remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need as well.
2.Having a strong network of supportive friends and family members is extremely important to managing stress in all areas of your life.
3.Meet new people with common interests by taking a class or joining a club, or by volunteering your time.
4.Exercise—activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat—is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body.So,make time for regular exercise.
5.Minimize sugar and refined carbs.
6.Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, trans fats, and foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones.
7.Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost.
9.Improve the quality of your sleep by making healthy changes to your daytime and nightly routines. For example, go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, be smart about what you eat and drink during the day, and make adjustments to your sleep environment. Aim for 8 hours a night—the amount of sleep most adults need to operate at their best.
10.Turn off screens one hour before bedtime. The light emitted from TV, tablets, smartphones, and computers suppresses your body’s production of melatonin and can severely disrupt your sleep.
Anticipation Of Stress May Accelerate Cellular Aging :
The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives, but it may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging.
UC San Francisco research found that the mere anticipation of stress can increase an individual’s risk of age-related disorders. In the study, 50 women (half of whom were caretakers for a patient with dementia, and therefore presumably deal with daily stress) were told that they would have to engage in public speaking or math problems. The study found that those who felt most threatened by the anticipation of the stressful event exhibited greater signs of aging on the cellular level. The researchers proposed in a university release that greater anticipated threat levels in daily life may promote cellular aging in chronically stressed persons.
How they measured that? The researchers assessed cellular age by measuring telomeres, which are the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes. Short telomeres index older cellular age and are associated with increased risk for a host of chronic diseases of aging, including cancer, heart disease and stroke.
The thought of the outcome being anything other than what we want can be terrifying. Face this fear, head on and imagine the best and worst case scenario, as positive situations can be stressful as well.
Remember that while a negative result might feel devastating in the moment, you have been through similarly disappointing moments before and you have survived. Remind yourself that one event does not define you as a person. Sometimes making a list of what makes you, you can be an eye-opener.
Stress Ages The Brain:
Stressful life experiences such as the death of a child, divorce, or losing a job could age the brain.Experiencing just one major stressful event early in life can have an impact on later brain health.
Stressful experiences are known to impact brain function, which can itself lead to dementia in later life.
The research identifying the 27 events was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London in July 2017. A group from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked 1,320 people to remember the stressful events that had occurred across their lifespans and then complete a number of tasks to assess their thinking skills. These included tests related to various aspects of memory – known to deteriorate with age – such as the ability to accurately recall details from a story.
Participants who had experienced a greater number of stressful events were found to score poorly at these tasks, indicating a loss of cognitive function.
Reductions in the efficiency of our memory and thinking skills are a natural part of ageing. As the years pass, we lose brain tissue and cannot support cognitive functions as readily as in our youth.
But exposure to stressful episodes could feasibly speed up this process, producing accelerated or more pronounced decline. Those who took part in the study were on average only 58 years of age, yet there was already noticeable variation in their cognition on the basis of different stress levels.
While anxiety, depression and poor cerebrovascular health have been identified as potential risk factors for dementia, declines in cognition can occur for a variety of reasons.
Prolonged exposure to stress, which would be expected from the loss of a parent or having a child involved in a serious accident, leads to long-term alterations in the body’s response to adverse events – involving the hormone cortisol.
Chronic over-production of cortisol has a negative effect on regulatory systems responsible for mood, blood pressure, and immune system function. It also inhibits memory formation and learning in key brain regions such as the hippocampus.
Stress Can Lead To Vision & Hearing Loss:
A state of prolonged tension from internal or external stressors, which may cause various physical manifestations.
So how does chronic stress increase or cause hearing loss ?
Basically, it’s all about circulation. Inside the ear are tiny little hairs that depend on the flow of blood and the delivery of nutrients for survival. These little hair cells can be slowly destroyed with a lack of nutrients or immediately destroyed when blood ceases to flow within the ears. Chronic stress plays a big part in the slowing or stopping of blood flow. The overproduction of adrenaline can reduce blood circulation in the inner ear or even stop it completely. Not only can this cause hearing loss over time, it can cause sudden hearing loss when circulations stops completely. When hearing loss is a sudden or instant reaction to stress it’s often reversible with a reduction in stress, a return of blood flow, and a rehabilitation of the hair cells through sound stimulus.
The ears feel stuffed, blocked, or stopped up
Loss of ability to hear specific frequencies
Pressure or pain in the ear
Loss of hearing in one or both ears
Sounds are muted or seem distant
When you get anxious, frightened, or stressed, your body’s instinct is to go into what scientists call “fight or flight” mode. Your body will start producing hormones like adrenaline, which speed up your heart rate, and your brain will direct more blood to essential functions like your internal organs and less blood to your extremities.When you’re in fight or flight mode, your eyes can suffer because your brain will cause your pupils to dilate. The idea behind this response is to get more light into your eyes so you can see any potential threats more clearly.However, when you’re stressed out for a long time, the constant dilation makes you sensitive to light and can cause serious strain on your eyes. Additionally, when you’re very tense, as many stressed-out people are, the muscles in and around your eyes can tighten, causing twitching and soreness.
Chronic Stress Can Contribute To An Unhealthy Lifestyle:
What stress does — aside from these brain changes, bone changes, and chemical changes — is that people tend to take care of themselves less.People, under stress are known to eat more poorly, exercise less, drink more, and probably rely on medication. All of those things are going to show up on your body.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices people often when stressed, that could impact their heart health too.
Developing healthy habits is critical to aging well. Regular exercise protects the aging brain, and conversely, sleep deprivation can accelerate aging. And as you get older, good nutrition becomes increasingly important in how the body ages.
Cultivating a less stressful lifestyle may not only promote healthy aging in its own right, but also by setting the foundation for other habits that are crucial to successful aging.
So be calm and act accordingly. There is nothing to be stressed out … I know, I know, it’s hard but come on! You can try it for yourself.
Always remember that this can be handled by you, You are a strong one, no matter how tough is it.
No one, not even this stress can take away a single bit of your right!!!!!
Whenever you found yourself stressed …start counting and repeat in your mind that you are a cool person and there is nothing in this world you can’t handle and trust me you will be a Winner.