The modern world is full of hassle, deadlines, frustrations, anxiety and demands. For many people, stress has become part of the modern way of life. In small doses stress isn’t so harmful, it can help to motivate you and keep you at your best. But when stress becomes too much, its effects on the human body become very pronounced, and may contribute to an accident at work. You can help prevent stress by recognising the symptoms, and taking active steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
I’ve recently been suffering bouts of memory loss. Could be this be caused by stress?
The study of stress is still in its infancy. Researchers are struggling to list all the symptoms and side effects which stress might have on the human body and mind. Research carried out at Edinburgh University has shown how receptors in older brains react to the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol has been linked to memory loss in the elderly.
The study showed that one receptor in the brain was actually activated by low levels of cortisol, which helped to stimulate memory. However, once the levels of cortisol became too much, they spilled over on to a second receptor, which activates brain processes that contribute to memory loss and impairment.
My job is the source of my stress. I can’t leave my job so what can I do?
If you can’t eliminate the source of stress in your life, then it’s important to try and limit the effects that stress has on your body. A good night’s sleep and an active lifestyle can help to produce endorphins; hormones in the brain which help to regulate stress. A healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can help to alleviate the symptoms of stress too. Others find more unconventional methods for dealing with their stress. Some people find that meditation helps to combat the effects of stress. Meditation releases beta-endorphins which help to regulate stress. It’s important to find out what works for you.
Stress can be a major cause of workplace accidents. If you feel that your job is putting you under unreasonable stress then you may be entitled to work accident compensation. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – for more information.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown