Dr. Mona Khanna explains the risk from long-term exposure to stress and what you can do to prevent it.
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Rebecca Fox: Entertaining, traveling and visiting loved ones are part of partial of many people's holiday plans. But a jam pack season or festivities mix with economic pressures and interrogate family and social responsibilities can take it's to all on your emotional and physical health. Icyou's medical editor, Dr. Mona Khanna joins us now to explain the risk from long term exposure to stress and what you can do to keep it bay. And Dr. Mona I heard that some stress of good thing how do we know when it's too much. Mona Khanna: Well, what might be too much for you may be, okay for me and vice versa Rebecca? Everyone reacts a little bit differently. The main thing to watch for those if you feel out of control, if you get that feeling and you start experiencing symptoms like headaches you feel full of tension, you have trouble sleeping, you loose your ability to concentrate, those are signs to you that it's too much and something needs to be done. Rebecca Fox: What is the long term exposure to stress effect the body? Mona Khanna: It really does effect the body people don't quiet grasp that sense but it affects children and it affects adults it can actually impair the growth of children, surprisingly enough I mean we see this from kids who are in homes, there are abusive, kids where in homes with their one of the parent has an alcohol problem, so we know that it does and it can impair the growth of children and affect their ability to focus and have some longterm cognitive abilities, what we see in adults is similar as well, we see cognitive abilities like lack of ability to focus, lack of ability to concentrate. Sleeping problems, digestive problems because people tend to incorporate their stress in to their bodies and again as said kind of I had a control feeling that can affect your mood as well, I can become depressed they can eat, i.e., over eat and that can lead to cycle of depression and more over etcetera, etcetera. One of the most worries of things to watch out for is specially in adult, so is going into devices like starting to do drugs, starting to drink alcohol you know an amount that's very, very dangerous and started to smoke more or even pick up the habit to help cope with some of the stresses. Rebecca Fox: So how do I treat stress? Mona Khanna: Well, I mean that's a kind of $64,000 question here isn't. First thing is if you feel like you are getting out of control to recognize that is a problem, so right awareness is always the first step. What's you need to do though is you need to incorporate some kind of technique that will help you treated. We know relaxation and mediation definitively across the board helps folks who have stress problems. We know the things like trying to get enough sleep, trying to protect your body to absorb some of the stress by making sure that you get enough nutrition and making sure that it can cope with some of the stresses that are thrown at it is, is very, very important. You can always go in for counseling, obviously there are medications that can help, anti depressions can help stress, anti-anxiety medicines can help stress, all of those things are available, one of the important things though to remember with devices that I talked about earlier is they can spire, lot of control because you pick them up because you are stressed and you are tend to smoke more when you have more stress that needs to be and or eliminated all together because that's actually making things worse. Rebecca Fox: Of course, we don't want to have stress in the first place, so how do we -- how do we prevent it from happening? Mona Khanna: Actually size is really one of the keys to stress because what it does I enhances your body ability to absorb more stress, when it does happen the other corner stone of the preventing stress is having a predictable life style. We can't avoid all kinds of stress, we can prevent stress completely right but what we can't do is when you maintain a routine, when you maintain some p