A puff of smoke and I am relieved of my stress! Many people strongly believe in this myth. This belief is so extensive that many men take a break when they are stressed out and smoke to relieve tension. But, scientists suggest that smoking can give only a temporary stress relief and that too merely due to psychological reasons. In fact, nicotine and tar present in cigarette can increase the level of stress.
Many people like to start their day with a cup of hot coffee. And it is fine if coffee is consumed in moderate quantities. However, if you have been consuming more than 4 cups of coffee just to take a break and reduce stress, you could be putting yourself at high risk of developing illnesses in near future. If you wish to take a break to get over a mind-block, consider opting for a cup of green tea.
This is a common way for people at work to release their stress. And it is fine if you are taking a short break for a quick conversation. However, a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, suggests that people who are continuously glued to their phone signify lack of attention, interest and efficiency at work. It is also reported to be disrespectful and annoying to others at your workplace.
Social media keeps you connected and updated. You may even use it for professional reasons. But, when you happen to use it for personal entertainment or for stress release during work hours it can get offensive to your seniors or co-workers.
Emotions such as anger, boredom, frustration, sadness, stress, etc., have a direct impact on our eating habits. And, many people are in the habit of turning to food for comfort or to deal with their emotions. You may not be really hungry but are just reaching for food to overcome your stress. Experts suggest that stress can trigger a drive to eat food and can be satisfied only with high-calorie sugary and fatty food items. This may happen as a spike in stress hormone “cortisol” increases the consumption of glucose by your brain and so your body demands a large amount of sugary food.
Sunil Rao is the co-founder of Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, a chain of scientific health spas that provides solutions to lifestyle problems such as poor sleep, anxiety and fatigue.
Written By : Sunil Rao