International Stress Awareness Week is celebrated every first week in the month of November to raise awareness of the challenges and burdens associated with dealing with stress daily. The day was launched by the International Stress Management Association. Many people across the world have gone through tough times due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Even before the pandemic, India was labeled as the most stressed country. Where the global average of stress is 86%, 89% of Indians suffered from stress in 2019. That is 9 in every 10 people suffer from stress.
On the occasion of International Stress Awareness Week, we at Medicircle are conducting an exclusive awareness series wherein we will be featuring experts in this field to understand and create more awareness about the effects of stress.
Dr. Samiksha Murkute is a Psychiatrist and Homoeopath in Pimple Saudagar, Pune, and has experience of 6 years in these fields. Dr. Samiksha Murkute practices at Manomay Homeopathy and Counseling Center in Pimple Saudagar, Pune. She has won various prizes in case presentations and research.
Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Geriatric Healthcare, Anxiety Disorder Counseling, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Counseling, Adult Counseling, and Depression Treatment
Stress in adults and children
Dr. Samiksha Murkute says, “Stress means tension or worry. Stress is not always negative. It can be positive as well and gives you a positive push. Just like exams give you positive stress to prepare well. There are different causes of stress in adults and children. Children also have stress though not like adults. However, overstress or over-worry can cause a problem. Children are very sensitive in the developing stage and stress factors should be taken care of especially in case of anxiety. The adult causes of stress are as follows-Financial issues Marriage issues Divorce problem Job issues Housewife problems
However, the causes of stress in children are -Exam stress Peer pressure Lonely child Sensitivity Fears
Both adults and children are prone to stress.”
Stress and Wellbeing
Dr. Samiksha informs, “Our body and mind is not a different entity. They are interconnected with each other. If there is a pain in our bodies, we generally tend to get irritated. Mind symptoms affect our thoughts, behavior, mood, and feelings. Certain disorders like hypertension and diabetes are caused due to stress. Stress causes danger signals in our body to protect ourselves which is called Fight and Flight Response which causes symptoms like-
Palpitations Trembling of hands and feet Dryness Of mouth Nervousness
So the mind and body are interconnected with each other.”
Support your child during stressful events
Dr. Samiksha informs, “Parents should be keen observers as children do not express emotions. Talking can help reduce stress levels. Children are not able to cope up with stress. Carefully observe the child for the following symptoms-
Behavioural symptoms Loss of appetite Changes in sleep pattern Bedwetting Withdrawal of activities Excuses on going to school Bullying in children Avoiding friends and staying alone Anxiety and depression
Parents should observe it in the primary stage to avoid complications.
Parents should help children by discussing things in the form of storytelling or animation.
Parents should carefully discuss and talk about issues in front of children.
Children are sensitive and easily hold on to things
Check what the children are watching on tv and social media.
Identifying stress in children is important
Take help of a psychologist and counselor.”
Dealing with mental stress
Dr. Samiksha informs, “The stress should be dealt with in following ways -
Identify the cause Change of behavior and reaction Deal with stress positively Deep breathing Relaxation techniques Muscle relaxation Physical activity Distraction technique Take a break or pause and deal with the situation Exercise regularly Proper nutrition and diet Develop coping mechanisms.”
(Edited by Dr. Rati Parwani)