Tension, Stress and Frustration

Physical or emotional stress, stress is caused generally at the place of work; mostly by external disturbances which prevent an individual’s concentration. The manner in which an individual fulfills his professional demands, copes up with his working conditions and the extent to which certain aspects of his activities are perceived as oppressive would determine the magnitude of the stress induced in him at his work place. Stress is not evenly distributed over various activities. They tend to depend upon possible to establish a typical job related stress since there is no general theory on job related stress.

Tension head-aches are symptoms indicating that an individual’s stress limit has been reached. During the period of tension there is change in the flow of blood into the brain. this change in the flow of blood supply might initiate head-ache. Head- ache s which occur regularly are often caused by tension and worry.

In the simplest terms pain is a sensation that begins when certain nerves are stimulated. The nerves transmit the pain message through the spinal cord to the brain. Most often pain is a protective signal which is indicative of some disorder.

Unconscious tension of head, face and neck muscles in response to the stress, results in pain known as muscle contraction head-ache. Unusual physical or emotional stress such as pressing deadline or targets which are unattainable may also result in head-ache. Through emotional factors are frequent causes of tension head-aches, the pain has a real physical base and is not imaginary.

Those who suffer from frequent muscle contraction and head-aches have a tendency to repress anger, anxiety and frustration. They may be doubtful about their ability and are unable to relax. They may also be constantly racing against the clock. Instead of expressing their feeling openly and constructively dissipating them, they tense their head and neck muscles. Drugs are regarded as a temporary solution only to tension head-aches. Permanent remedy lies in uncovering the emotional triggers through psychotherapy and in finding better ways of taking things easy by learning methods of relaxation.

Unfortunately, we tend to obtain relief from stress condition through drugs and become victims of drug habit. For example, if we consume alcohol for obtaining relief from negative stress level, we will be tempted to crave for alcohol whenever negative stress level is encountered. The relief obtained is only temporary since cessation of unpleasantness or reduced anxiety arising out of over stimulation of adrenal glands through the intake of drugs or alcohol is perceived as happiness. In this process the real source of stress is not identified and hence the same condition may recur frequently forcing the individual to obtain relief in the same manner. Hence the individual will become a victim of drug habit. In fact, alcohol works like anesthesia on the pain producing center of the brain and makes one to forget the unpleasantness or reduce the intensity of anxiety. Thus one is made to feel happy and hold under its influence. As soon as affect is gone, the old symptoms recur with greater intensity. To the original stress condition, a new dimension of guilt will also be added to increase its effect.

The effect of the drugs on the brain is sometimes explained as an effort to induce the pain producing centre of the brain to sleep and not to disturb the individual. It is also sometimes termed as temporary suicide. The happiness obtained through consumption of alcohol is only negative and temporary anesthesia. The original state will be reached within few hours and at this stage another dose of alcohol is required. This is how we are likely to become victims of drug habit. Hence, permanent remedy lies in finding the real cause of the negative stress level and learning better ways of coping up with the stress conditions instead of rushing for instant relief derived from drugs.

Blood Pressure:

Our heart beats over a one hundred times in a day at the rate of 72 a minute. With every beat of the heart about 70 CC of blood measuring about half a cup is pumped in the arteries and it travels to 120,000 vessels of the body, before returning to heart through veins. In order to maintain this flow of blood through arteries, there must be a driving force. In other words, the pumped blood is exerting pressure on the walls of the arteries. As the heart pumps intermittently in surges there is differences of pressure during each beat.

Blood pressure varies according to daily activity. A considerable fall in blood pressure take place during sleep. Exercise, on the other hand, increases blood pressure. As the need of oxygen by muscles is more during exercise, blood output is increased by the heart to meet the additional demand. In the same manner blood pressure rises during the period of emotional stress or fear.

The heart which pumps blood requires oxygen and nutrients for efficient functioning. The heart weighs about 350 grams. Its works non-stop during the lifetime of the individual. Man has yet to devise a machine like our heart. The heart which pumps three to four times of blood every minute supplies oxygen and nutrients through blood to all cells of body. The waste products of metabolism are returned to the general circulation for processing.
We may have to critically examine whether we are fair to ourselves by increasing the workload of our heart which works ceaselessly from womb to tomb pumping blood at the rate of 72 times every minute through our irritation, anger, fear, guilt, worry etc.,

Laughter:

Successfully individuals have the unique way of laughing whenever the going is rough and thus release their stress for a few moments. This helps them not only to revive but also to survive. Some people laugh at themselves to release their tension. As we grow older we gradually forget the art of laughing. We become serious and smile only occasionally. We will not need vitamins and hormones if we laugh heartily. Hence we should learn to be happy and light-heated since humor and laughter add spice to life.

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