Stress can be a real killer, both in the workplace and in our day to day life. Stress serves a solid purpose in human biology, but our modern lives have brought about a surplus of causes that haunt us everyday. When we are faced with a challenge, or a threat to our well-being, the body experiences stress . Whether you’re dealing with a job that puts you under tremendous pressure, or face struggles in your life or relationship that leave you in a state of constant worry, stress can be a real killer. Stress Awareness Day was set aside as time to create awareness about stress and the various ways in which it affects us. 

Stress Awareness Day was established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to provide information on stress , and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals. The organization is focused on assisting employers and employees to help each other by providing comprehensive guides to establishing a program within their organization, and individuals by looking after their health and well-being on daily basis. 

Stress Awareness Day is your opportunity to start looking after yourself and your life, and break down the individual stress in your life. Failure to deal with stress in your life effectively can lead to serious health problems, including increased blood pressure, susceptibility to heart disease, and a decline in your immune system. Once you start experiencing these symptoms they can landslide into each other, resulting in growing sickness, and by extension, more stress . It’s truly a self-feeding problem, and a cycle that is necessary to control to enjoy our lives. 

The best way to celebrate Stress Awareness Day is to take the opportunity to remove the stress from your life for the day . Take the time to examine your life and find out where all the stressors lie, and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to mitigate them. Removing stress from your life can start off as a stressful experience, so it can help to get the assistance from organizations like ISMA to look into strategies and support in how to manage those things in your life that cause stress

Whatever you choose to do, take the time to take a day off and let yourself have a day of freedom. If it’s sickness, do something to help you focus on something other than that sickness. Stress can be a killer, don’t let it take one more day from your life, act now and start living a stress free life! 

LARAIB HAMEED,  

Islamabad, October 30.