Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress

07/11/2017 0 By Anthony Ekanem

We live in very stressful times.  We are stressed at home, at school, at work, and even at play. We are stressed by our family, our friends, relations, neighbours and co-workers. Everywhere you turn, you will find stress on the faces of people you come across daily. And there is no sign that stress will ever go out of our lives. Both the rich and the poor, the high and the mighty are all affected by stress in one way or the other. Most times we react very negatively to situations because of the stress we are going through. Stress is generally regarded as the normal physical response of the body to pressure and threat. Stress triggers a surge of a hormone called adrenaline that temporarily affects the nervous system. Stress affect individuals in their personal, academic and professional lives. It does not matter what causes you stress, you must be determined to press on with your life irrespective of the limitations imposed by stress.


There are many things that could cause an individual to stress up. The following are some of them, and the list is in no way exhaustive.

  1. Work 

This one of the major causes of stress, especially for those in paid employments.  Many of these employees are given very high targets (like marketing personnel) to meet on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, and their inability to meet such targets is a major stressor.  For those who work in the back office, tons and loads of work which are supposed to be done by a certain number of individuals are given to one or two people, and this can be very stressful. Work related stress is also caused by longer hours of work and the demand placed on the workers to meet deadlines. Another cause of work-related stress has to do with the boss-subordinate relationship and the work environment generally. If the relationship between the manager and the junior workers is anything but cordial, every worker in that office will be highly stressed.

  1. Financial Issues  

We live in very hard times. A lot of people, even though they are working, are finding it difficult to make ends meet.  Some take-home pays these days can hardly take anybody home. Many people are unable to meet their very basic financial obligations. So many households are living from hand to mouth.  Nothing can be more stressful than this. 

  1. Relationship and Family Problems

There is no gain saying that a lot of relationships these days are in trouble: unfaithfulness among couples, joblessness of the breadwinner, separation, divorce, death of loved ones, chronic illnesses as well as emotional problems; and the list goes on and on.  Relationship issues are the chief causes of stress among married people and family members.


How can an individual know that they are suffering from stress?  Below are the major pointers:

  • Low or reduced energy levels.
  • Headaches.
  • Upset stomach, diarrhoea, constipation and nausea.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Insomnia.
  • Frequent colds and infections.
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.

Having understood what stress is, it causes, and it symptoms, it is time to take a look at some simple things you can do to prevent or treat stress.


  1. Take some deep breaths

Breathing has been identified as a good way to fight stress. It has been discovered that some breathing exercises have profound effects to health. Individuals who take time to perform these types of exercises especially during stressful times feel a lot better than those who do not do breathing exercises.

  1. Talk to someone you trust.

Talking to someone you trust can go a very long way in relieving you of stress. “A problem shared is a problem solved”, is a popular saying.  So, if you find yourself in a stressful situation, talk to someone you trust, and you will be marvelled at how relieved you would be.

  1. Have a health check with your doctor.

The importance of regular medical check-up cannot be over-emphasized.  If you suffer from one or more of the symptoms list above, it is advisable to see your doctor for a check-up.

  1. Exercise.

Exercising is another very effective way of relieving and fighting stress.  Make out time to exercise regularly, and even routinely, and you will be on your way to living a stress-free life.

  1. Make time for things you enjoy.

Doing the things you enjoy can go a long way in relieving you of stress.  Do this regularly.

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