How much stress have you experienced in the last few years? Do you believe that stress is harmful to your health? It is founded that people who experienced a lot of stress and thought that stress was harmful died 43% more than those who didn’t think so. People are actually no more likely to die who thought that stress was not harmful to their health. Stress makes you sick. Over the last 8 years, more than 20,000 people died prematurely, not because of the stress but due to their belief that stress is bad. Hence stress was the prime reason behind the death of a large number of people in comparison to the population suffering from other diseases like HIV.
In a study conducted at Howard University, it was found that how the stress response is helpful for life. That pounding heart is preparing you for actions. If you are breathing faster there is no problem, it is just getting more oxygen to your brain. The new science reveals that how you think about stress matters the most. So next time while encountering any stress talk to yourself that this is my body, helping me to rise above this challenge. When you view stress in this way then your body starts to believe the same way, and stress response becomes healthier.
One of the most underappreciated aspects of stress is that stress makes one social. The epitome of this aspect of stress is the hormone “oxytocin” commonly known as the hug hormone. It releases no sooner when you hug someone. But another most important part is that it is a neural hormone, strengthens brain to have a cordial and close relationship. Oxytocin craves you to have physical contact with family and friends. It provides one the courage to support the people they care about. Oxytocin is a stress hormone, which pumps out from the pituitary gland and is responsible for the stress response as adrenalin which makes the heart pound. When oxytocin is released in stress response condition then it motivates you to seek support. It supports our inner consciousness to know when someone else is struggling in a situation and needs help. Thus, it wants individuals to be surrounded by people who care about them.
The heart has distinct receptors, and oxytocin helps heart cells to regenerate. It strengthens the heart and is released more in circumstances when we seek help from someone or help out someone.
Thus, if we change our mind related to stress than we can change the way our body responses to the stress.
People who do not want to disclose their stress condition and wish to tackle it on their own can choose an alternative help by applying to an online program “coping up with stress” and listening to an Intro to mindfulness course developed by the Clinical Research Unit of Anxiety and Depression at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Medicine.