16 Things You Need to Know About Stress Right Now


1) There’s a formula to help you determine what’s triggering those fight-or-flight feelings.

 After 60 years of research, scientists have determined what provokes stress, says Dr Sonia Lupien, director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal. There’s even a handy acronym: NUTS.

2) 40.5% Percentage of corporate employees in India who sleep for less than six hours a day due to high stress levels, as released by a 2016 study conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). In fact, 45.5 per cent of the respondents reported general anxiety or depression.

3) Men and women have different stress dreams.

In 2013, psychologists from the University of Montreal found that while men’s nightmares tended towards the catastrophic-earthquakes, the apocalypse, vermin-women were twice as likely to have bad dreams about interpersonal conflict, betrayal and humiliation.

4) You can smell the stress on someone.

Emotional stress releases odours that aren’t present during exercise. In 2009, researchers from New York’s Stony Brook University School of Medicine had some subjects run for 20 minutes and others fall from the sky for 20 minutes (with an instructor). When members of a third group entered brain scanners and sniffed the stressed-out sample, it lit up the amygdala, which governs emotional responses. The runners’ sweat had no effect.

5) Stress is contagious.

A 2013 German study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology provided more proof of second-hand stress. Thirty per cent of people showed spiked levels of cortisol after simply observing someone in a stressful situation, and 24 per cent of them still experienced stress when they were watching that tense person in a video recording, instead of face to face.

6) It’s especially contagious if you love the person.

When our romantic partners are involved, it’s even easier to “catch” second-hand stress. The German study found that 40 per cent of subjects felt triggered after being exposed to a loved one’s anxiety.

Get on your bike!

As various bits of research have shown, cycling will lower your stress levels, whether you’re doing a quick errand or committing to a lifetime on two wheels.

7) If you have to drive somewhere, plan ahead.

In a 2012 study from the University of California, drivers in San Jose reported they felt less stressed after using traffic-navigation technology for their commutes than when they chose to just wing it.

8) Chew gum; cut down stress.

At Cardiff University in Wales, 133 volunteers were tested on memory, motor skills and reaction time while sitting in silence and when industrial noise was played at the volume of a vacuum cleaner. Chewing gum during the blasting noise was associated with better performance and a better mood than those who went without.

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9) You can read your way out of stress.

Neuropsychologists at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, discovered a pretty terrific formula: six minutes of reading is all you need to reduce stress levels by 68 per cent. That’s better than listening to music (at 61 per cent), having a cup of tea (54 per cent) or taking a walk (42 per cent).

10) Stress shrinks your brain …

According to Yale University scientists in Connecticut who, in 2012, examined tissue donated from a brain bank, chronic stress leads to a loss of synapses between brain cells, specifically the ones responsible for emotion and cognition. That, in turn, leads to a loss of brain mass, making your noggin a little lighter.

… but you can build it back up to size with:

11) DIET: A 2014 study out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that the hippocampus-related to memory and emotional resilience-was 14 per cent larger in seniors who ate baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis than those who didn’t.

12) EXERCISE: Scientists from the University of Illinois, USA, followed 120 elders for a year. In 2010, they found that the volume of the hippocampus jumped by two per cent in those who walked for 40 minutes, three times a week.

13) MEDITATION: Based on 2010 research out of Harvard University, eight weeks of meditation (for an average of 27 minutes a day) boosted density in the hippocampus.

14) Seriously, start meditating.

A 2013 meta-analysis of 200-plus studies on mindfulness-based therapy, conducted by psychologists at Boston University, the University of Montreal and Quebec’s Laval University, concluded that meditation reduces anxiety and stress. And a 2015 study of Ohio nurses on an intensive care unit found that eight weeks of meditation cut stress levels by 40 per cent.

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15) Hug your family! In a 2015 study, researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, subjected 66 teen girls to a stress test. Some of them held their mothers’ hands during the test; others had to do it alone. The girls who had contact with their mums were able to manage stress more effectively. It’s what psychologists refer to as emotional load sharing.

16) Self-esteem is a natural stress buster.

Researchers from Concordia University in Canada met with 147 adults over 60 for four years. After factoring in economic and marriage status, they found that high self-esteem levels produced lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Let us help kick-start that confidence: We think you’re great.     

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