LOOK OUT! STRESS MAY BE MENTAL BUT IT CAN SHOW ON YOUR PHYSICAL BODY, THROUGHS THOSE EXTRA KILOS
What is stress? When you wake up screaming and realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet. Yes, but that’s one dimension of stress that many of us are aware of. Stress puts the functioning of our whole body, well, under stress. What goes on at the micro level in such a condition can lead to permanent damage. A stressed person is seen as one scurrying around and not getting proper nourishment. But what can surprise you is this: stressed people might put on lots of weight. Broadly, there are two types of stress. Acute short-term stress happens during examinations, first few days of severe injury and illness, making a public speech for the first time, death of a loved one divorce hearing, the first day of break up, etc. The second type, chronic stress, is the everyday stress caused by city life, time pressure, job condition, family disputes, relationship issues, etc.
In acute stress, it’s common for people to lose weight. This type of stress can reduce appetite and increased metabolic rate as you might have observed in exams. Acute stress also makes the food that you eat move faster in intestine thus less food is absorbed. So acute stress doesn’t make you fat. But chronic stress does!
Chronic stress of everyday life or after few days of acute stress if prolonged releases a hormone called cortisol by adrenal glands. Cortisol increases fat storage in your stomach region because in depper parts of your abdominal area, there are maximum number of cortisol receiving gates what we call ‘contisol receptors’ in medical language. One of the key functions of cortisol is to increase blood sugar in body which is converted into fat for later use, the reason for extra layer of tummy fat in stressful situations. The other reason to gain weight in stress is that people eat comfort food to reduce it.
It’s human nature to be in control. Most of us feel mor e comfortable when we have some influence over what’s happening in our lives. Research shows that the feeling that we lack control is one of the biggest stress inducers.
What often don’t have much control over what’s going on. We live in relationship with others, which means most of what happens to us is partly dependent on others – our parents, children, colleagues of friends. And there are random life changing experiences too.
The best way to get peace of mind is not to except that things will go your way. Notice when controlling thoughts cross your mind. If you catch yourself thinking something should happen, or someone ought to do something, you have strong expectations. ‘I hope’ or ‘If only’ at the start of each sentence are other indicators. That’s an indication that you’re uncomfortable with uncertainty. Understand that difficult feelings come and go. Practicing these methods will help you gain some control and greater peace without putting weight.
Courtesy : Urban Melange (A Magazine)
Written By : Nidhi Mohan Kamal