Anxiety And Tension

Chronic Stress Could Lead To Heart Diseases

Most of us suffer from some or the other levels of stress on a daily basis. But, there are some of us who are more stressed than others. They deal with constant state of psychological arousal which is also known as chronic stress. A person suffering from chronic stress is forced to deal with multiple stressors at the same time. As a result, the nervous system is unable to revive the relaxation response. Recent studies and researches reveal that chronic stress could lead to the development of various health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.

A recent study by the British Medical Journal examined 10,308 British civil servants to understand the link between chronic stress and development of heart diseases.  This study revealed that people with high stress levels had a greater chance of developing metabolic syndrome.  It must be noted that metabolic syndrome is responsible for increasing the risk of heart diseases as well as other health complications such as insulin resistance, abdominal fat and the like.

The study also reveals that the risk of developing heart diseases increases even further if chronic stress is accompanied by a poor lifestyle. Unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine could further add to metabolic syndrome and subsequently increase the chances of heart disease. In addition lack of exercise, insufficient rest, and poor diet are some other risk factors that can aggravate stress levels further.

Tips to fight chronic stress
Considering that chronic stress could have disastrous consequences like heart diseases, it is important that you learn to fight the problem. Here are a few tips that will help you deal with chronic stress successfully.

* Know your stressors. It is important that you understand the causes of your stress in the first place. In many cases, avoiding these stressors alone can prove to be a solution to the problem.
* Follow a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet and exercising daily will make you feel fitter and good about yourself. As a result, your stress levels are bound to go down.
* Learn stress reduction techniques. There are numerous stress-busting techniques that can help you fight the problem on a daily basis. Some of these techniques include deep breathing, listening to music, exercise and the like.
* Talk it out you may not realize but talking or sharing your feelings with someone can ease down your stress levels to a great extent.
* Do things that you like. Read a book, play games, watch movies, go for shopping or do any other thing that makes you feel good. This will help control your stress levels to quite an extent.