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Weekend without stress: Here’s our list of top studies that help you fight the blues

Recent studies show that stress can increase your mortality rate. However, simple measures like cycling or having faith in the Almighty can help you. Here’s a round-up of health research on stress.

fitness Updated: Jul 15, 2017 10:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Stress,Cardiovascular disease,Heart disease
Being surrounded by people who are downcast can also lead to stress. (Shutterstock)

Stress is an inevitable part of modern life. Yet it can harm your physical and mental health and increase rate of mortality. Read on to find out what the harmful effects of stress and what to do about it.

Cycling lowers stress levels. ( Shutterstock )

1) Cycling to work lowers stress levels in first 45 minutes of work.

A study suggests cycling to office can help reduce stress and improve your work performance. Results indicate that cycling to work is a good way to have a good day. “Employees who cycled to work showed significantly lower levels of stress within the first 45 minutes of work than those who travelled by car,” the lead researcher says.

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Stress can increase chances of death from cardiovascular illnesses. ( Shutterstock )

2) Mental stress ups risk of death in heart disease patients.

According to researchers, people with persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times as likely to have died of cardiovascular disease and nearly three times as likely to have died from any cause.

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Being religious is beneficial to health. ( Shutterstock )

3) Religiousness leads to less stress and enhanced longevity.

Researchers from Vanderbilt University in the US found that adults between the age group of 40 to 65 years who attend church or other houses of worship reduce their risk for mortality by 55%. “We have found that being in a place where you can flex those spiritual muscles is actually beneficial for your health,” said the lead researcher.

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4) Your stress levels may up ADHD risk in your child.

Stressful situations over a long period during pregnancy increases stress hormone, which may raise the risk of babies’ developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

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Stress can be contagious for children. ( Shutterstock )

5) Your children can ‘catch’ stress from friends and teachers in school.

New research suggests that if students and teachers of a school appear to be stressed, the chances of the same feeling percolating to a new colleague are quite high. “If you are surrounded by people who are downcast or walking around under a pall of burnout, then it has a high chance of spilling over, even if you don’t have direct contact with these folks,” said Kenneth Frank, Professor at Michigan State University in the US.

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First Published: Jul 15, 2017 10:33 IST