Despite the tremendous advances in modern medicine we are still to develop truly effective strategies to deal with the common public health problems that cause most of the mortality and morbidity in the wider community. The use of stress reduction has been shown to be beneficial in many diseases, as it improves psychological and physical health and lifestyle awareness.
Regardless of the underlying theories, the majority of clinicians recognise that stress is a major contributor to disease and that a simple stress management technique, such as meditation – once scientifically proven and clinically evaluated – could be widely applied in the clinical setting.
Stress is anything that brings mental and emotional pressure that leads to fear, anxiety, worry, apprehensions, anger and even excitement and the body responds in a prompt, speedy and inefficient way. According to medical professionals, 90-95% of illnesses in modern era can be blamed on psychological forces; 98% headaches originate due to stress and stress also manifests itself into many other physical ailments like indigestion, acidity and life-killers like heart attacks.
The symptoms of stress include:
- Change of facial expression and bodily postures
- Withdrawal from social relationships
- Low task performance (sometimes its opposite also manifests i.e. high productivity but which is highly detrimental for our physical and mental health)
- Impediment of speech
- Sighs & continuous fidgeting
- Nervous laughter