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STRESS DECONSTRUCTED-The ISBF Gazette_Issue IX

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Rohan Madhav Modwel  | Academics | Blog | Teaching

We all have to deal with stress when it comes to the crunch. The better half of my judgment would even bet upon the fact that a lot of us, who work day in and day out, sticking to a regular routine, are condemned to deal with acute anxiety. Fortunately (or not), I have plenty of experience when it comes to that matter, so, at the cost of gloating any further, I shall immediately get down to it. Going systematically, I shall start with the most common physical side-effects. Constant headaches, stiff necks, and loss of appetite appear to be quite common. In some people, anxiety even reveals itself in its nastier form; twisting stomach pains, especially during the more intense periods of study, i.e. late into the night before an exam. And, if you ask me, a stress ball simply makes matters worse rather than calming the situation. Next; to say that stress makes one emotional is a tad bit of an understatement. It has the devastating ability to aggravate sentiments concerning the most irrelevant and minute matters that could ever exist; it could even be as superficial as losing the television remote, or noticing the crumpled up corner of a carpet. Now, these may sound like exceedingly random instances, but they are nevertheless true, believe you me. That being said, for some, this theory could even turn out to be a gross misinterpretation of stress. I don't mean to sound contradictory, but there are those for whom stress can have the opposite impact; the ones who appear cold and concealed all of a sudden, and prefer to be left alone in their own dark little corner. This complete transition of character clearly represents the notion that stress has taken complete control of the mind. Needless to say, the important lesson to take away from all this would probably be to avoid the need to bring about stress entirely. However, given the circumstances of life, I would be right to say that the chances of that happening are close to nought, and are in fact, more or less hypothetical. And at the risk of causing further nausea and anxiety to those who are reading this solemnly glum commentary, I shall try to focus on the silver lining at the end of this miserable, vein-popping cloud. There is always, and I mean always, a time in the near future, when one can realize a life free of any burdens.

This also brings to mind one of the useful methods to temporarily divert attention from stress; by clearing one's mind and focusing on a time when all difficulties are past, and all hurdles cleared. Having helped many in the past on numerous occasions, this one technique can, if not getting rid of tension entirely, at least temporarily can push away the long restless nights without sleep. Another great stress buster is the feeling of being organized. Knowing that troubled matters have been momentarily taken care of, one would feel obliged to take a deep breath and relax for while. Of course, one could just pop a pill; it would do instant wonders for the headache.

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