Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Experts Brainstorm on stress management


Mr Adedotun Ajiboye, a clinical psychologist at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, has advised Nigerians to be flexible and less rigid about life to avoid stress situations.
Ajiboye, who advised Nigerians to learn how to avoid stress, stated in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that one of the best preventive measures was to deal with one problem at a time.
``Avoid seeing crisis event as unbearable problems; be flexible about life and do not be too rigid.
``Maintain healthy eating lifestyle, take reasonable amount of water daily, and avoid stimulants such as cigarettes, cocaine and other hard drugs.
Ajiboye also advised people to ``have a positive mental attitude, and always trust in God as antidote for troubled heart’’.
He also recommended regular exercise, sharing problems with trustworthy people, adding that worrying does not solve problems, but only compounded them.
Noting that stress management was important, he said lack of it could affect an individual’s physical, emotional and behavioral well-being.
He said that stress was the manifestation of the body’s response to change, adding, ``stress becomes negative when it is in excess’’.
``Stress is inevitable, that is why all of us must do what we can to manage it. We must manage stress to avoid poor immunity to illnesses, break down of the body’s system, live longer, relate well, and maintain efficiency at work.
Ajiboye identified the causes of stress situations to include problems arising from relationship with spouse, children, parents, neighbours, and financial issues, adding that they could be self-generated.
He said other causes could be environmental hazard such as air pollution, spillage and social insecurity.
``It can be economic stress, and therefore requiring sustainable government intervention. It may also be excess work load, and unemployment,’’ he said.
Ajiboye said that the symptoms of stress included headaches, indigestion, chest pain, migraine, ulcer, heart attack, high blood pressure, impotence, menstrual disorder, insomnia, loss of appetite, low sex drive and low consecration.
The psychologist said that stressed people find it difficult to relax without feeling guilty, find themselves drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco, as well as being regularly late to meetings or other appointments.

Source: NAN



Etiam at libero iaculis, mollis justo non, blandit augue. Vestibulum sit amet sodales est, a lacinia ex. Suspendisse vel enim sagittis, volutpat sem eget, condimentum sem.