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Islamic Perspective On Stress Management

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ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE ON STRESS MANAGEMENT

 

While stress may be necessary for human survival, the excess of it certainly affects our health and productivity. Stress related compensation costs nearly $200 million per year. Loss of productivity and stress related illness directly or indirectly amounts to $50 billion per year. Many corporations and individuals are spending nearly $15 billion a year on the stress management of their employee (Newsweek 4-25-88). There is enough medical evidence to link stress to the causation of peptic ulcer disease, hypertension, coronary artery disease and depression. In addition, many common problems like tension headache, insomnia, impotency (in men), frigidity (in women), are stress related. There is now some evidence to suggest that stress is also related to the causation of diabetes, the suppression of immune system and the development of cancer. In our day-to-day life, stress affects peace at home, job performance at work, grades in school and even our eating and mating behaviour.

 

WARNING SIGNS OF STRESS

 

The earliest warning signs of stress is irritability, mood swings, difficulty in sleeping, fatigue, lack of concentration, abdominal distress, extreme sensitivity to criticism, weight gain or weight loss, fear of failure, poor appetite or hunger, and increase dependence on tranquillisers or alcohol for sleep.

 

CONDITIONS WHICH CAUSE STRESS

 

Psychiatrists have identified some fifty stressors. In fact any change, good or bad, is stressful. A change in job or job description, in. school, residence, financial status, loss or gain of a family member or close friend, injury or illness, national calamity or news of riots or violence all can be extremely stressful. Muslims living in a non-Muslim society may acquire some additional stress. These may include such factors as preserving their identity, practicing Islam (i.e. in food matters or timing of prayer), defending Islam on a hostile media and settling conflicts between family members: the spouse, parent/child, and practicing/non-practicing factions.

 

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WARNING SIGNS OF STRESS

 

The earliest warning signs of stress is irritability, mood swings, difficulty in sleeping, fatigue, lack of concentration, abdominal distress, extreme sensitivity to criticism, weight gain or weight loss, fear of failure, poor appetite or hunger, and increase dependence on tranquillisers or alcohol for sleep.

 

Dude, I've already had irritability, mood fluctuations (mood swings sounds feminine), occasional difficulty with sleep, definite fatigue, definite lack of concentration, definite tummy problems, definitely extreme sensitivity to criticism, some weight loss, definite fear of failure, occasional poor appetite... Oh well. At least I haven't been using any sleeping pills or something.

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