When you’re being overwhelmed with different things, it means you’re stressed. When you then combine this with all the extra hassle that comes with living in Lagos, your stress level can easily skyrocket and this may affect your mental health. Below are 7 things you and family members can do to combat stress.
Do you know that Lagos ranks third on the list of most stressful cities in the world. The list was compiled based on factors ranging from traffic levels, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens including debt levels, physical and mental health, and the hours of sunlight the city gets per year.
For Mums, meeting the daily demands of life can be challenging. Mums tend to have much more stress than many other individuals. We hear it all the time that mums are taking care of every other person but themselves. A typical #LagosMums daily routine includes thinking, worrying, planning, plotting and trying to get things done for the family, children and herself within 24 hours and this also includes being stuck in traffic and having to deal with electricity issues. It’s important if you’re a mum to find ways to deal with stress more effectively for better long-term health.
Children can be stressed too.
A stressed child is unable to prioritise and if unchecked will lead to a fragile, anxious adult. When some children are stressed they cry, become aggressive, talk back or become irritable.
Others may behave well but become nervous, fearful, or panicky. Stress can affect children’s physical health as well. Asthma, hay fever, migraine headache and gastrointestinal illnesses like colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer can be exacerbated by stressful situations. How can parents help? What causes stress for children? Read How parents can help children reduce stress
Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it.
According to Mayo Clinic, You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.
Common effects of stress
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them.
Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Common effects of stress on your body
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Common effects of stress on your mood
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
Common effects of stress on your behavior
- Overeating or undereating
- Angry outbursts
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Tobacco use
- Social withdrawal
- Exercising less often
Some Tips to Combat Stress
If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies, such as:
1. Regular physical activity
2. Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or getting a massage
3. Keeping a sense of humor
4. Socializing with family and friends
5. Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music
6. Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress — such as watching television, surfing the Internet or playing video games — may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.
7. And be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol intake, and the use of illicit substance.
Take sometime today to manage your stress, your future self and your family will thank you for it.