According to a research study in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, by the end of adolescence anxiety or stress grips about 17%-25% of the modern Indian youth. These figures clearly show how easily the current generation is affected by stress and anxiety. These disorders have largely been attributed to the current social, economic, cultural and educational environment. This has increased the need for generalised anxiety disorder treatment.
Modern life and stress
Life now progresses at a faster rate than it did fifty years ago. We might have advanced technologically but our ability to cope with stress remains hindered.
- Over connected – Mobile connectivity might be dirt cheap right now, but it sure does come at a price. On the one hand we enjoy the speediest connectivity than any era before us. On the other hand it has left us with no place to hide from the world. Social media has made privacy a thing of the past. To stay away from the limelight, you need to maintain a constant vigil, which takes a mental toll. This causes immense anxiety in teens, and is responsible for many shattered careers and ambitions.
- Virtually perfect – Everyone wants to don the garb of a perfectionist. A virtual anonymous judgement spurs you work wise, hobby wise, life wise and in every way possible. Seeking perfection in everything you do will cause you to have unrealistic expectations. And when you don’t meet these standards, stress will follow.
- Vent the right way – It is essential to release the built up stress in using the right approach. No, drinking isn’t one on this list, nor is a cup of coffee, instead indulge in a session of massage once in a couple of weeks or go out for a long run a couple of times a week.
Health disorders due to stress and anxiety
There are a number of health disorders that are a result of stress and anxiety. Here are a few listed below:
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Raised blood pressure
- High level of blood sugar
- Weak immune system
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Fertility problems
How to reduce stress in life
If you find yourself in a tight spot and need the blues to vanish, you could bank on these following tips:
- Turning to creative hobbies such as music, art, sculpture, etc. is one of the best stress reduction techniques.
- Meditate or practice yoga for stress and anxiety relief.
- Spending time outdoors with your kids or your pets helps a lot in coping with anxiety attacks.
- Take a walk in an environment that has ample greenery and fresh air is a natural remedy for anxiety.
- A relaxing bath with some bath salts and scented candles could make you feel better too.
Source: Indian Journal of Psychiatry