Hans Selye, a noteworthy endocrinologist who researched on stress once said, "It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it".
What do we understand from that popular quote on stress above? That stress can have a very serious impact on our health, right?
Well, most of us may think that trying to remain stress-free is easier said than done, especially in today's competitive world.
Every small thing can lead to stressful situations, because we tend to get caught up in the moment and most of the time we overthink, rather than calmly looking for a solution.
A few decades ago, statistics say, that the stress levels among people were not as high as it is today, especially when it came to kids and young adults.
However, now, each one of us can go through a lot of stress, regardless of age and gender.
The pressure to do well in studies, to climb up the career ladder at a fast pace, to make a good name in the society, to raise a family, relationship troubles, financial responsibilities and much more can definitely lead to a lot of stress.
Now, as we may already know by now, that stress is one of the most common causes for a number of diseases, both physiological and psychological.
Even a minor ailment like a headache can be caused by stress and deadly diseases like certain types of cancers are also linked to stress!
So, stress can be very dangerous to your health and hence it is popularly known as the "silent killer", because most of us would think that stress can just go away on its own and not cause too much harm.
If left untreated for too long, stress can also cause mental issues like anxiety and depression.
A recent research study has found a simple trick which can help reduce stress almost immediately.
Let us find out what it is, here.
How To Reduce Stress Instantly
Imagine a scenario in which you are extremely stressed out due to various reasons. Do you think you would be able to carry on with your daily activities with ease?
Most of us would answer "no", because when a person is under a lot of stress, it can be extremely hard to go through the normal motions of the day.
Stress can make a person feel distracted, irritated, frustrated, angry, sad, etc., so it can be a very uncomfortable period.
Stress can also cause a few physical symptoms like fatigue, indigestion, headaches, etc.
Recently, a group of scientists from the University of London conducted an experiment which was aimed at helping people reduce stress quickly.
This experiment just involves one thing, forcefully turning a negative stressor (a thought which causes stress) into a positive one.
For example, if the worry that you may fail your exams tomorrow is stressing you out, tell yourself that you will pass it no matter what.
Re-enforcing positive thoughts at least three times, to counter a particular negative thought can increase the production of endorphins in the brain, thus reducing stress.