United States: Self-love and self-care are a few things which should be prioritize nowadays. Experts suggested that an individual must identify and recognise stress and must know that he or she need to relax. Accordingly following this will be counted as a good step towards help yourself.

However, in certain cases, people adds more stress into live and that is when they feel “stresslaxed”. The term can be used for an effect which can act like a catalyst for increasing anxiety and worry.

The Psychiatrist and author – Dr Michael Schirripa said, “This term refers to the phenomena or experience of people who are in an anxious or stressed state trying to calm down and feel more relaxed by forcing themselves to take a break or unwind,” as per reports by Healthline.

According to experts, in some cases, people could experience anxiety when they force themselves to relax – as they may worry more about how they are actually feeling.

How does science explain stresslaxed?

According to the reports, Psy.D., professor at Adelphi University and author of the award-winning book – Deborah Serani, mentioned that clinically, the term can be explained as anxiety, which has been induced due to relaxation.

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While having a conversation with Healthline, she was quoted saying, “Research suggests that if you already struggle with generalized anxiety or overthinking, you may be more prone to stresslaxing. Other evidence says individuals with stresslaxing struggles may also experience panic attacks in addition to their stress and anxiety. And then there are others who may become depressed because they can’t relax freely.”

How does the brain react to such forced relaxation?

Experts have explained that the part of the brain called the amygdala always resists forced relaxation. It is to be noted that this specific part of the brain keeps searching for danger. Explaining the same, Schirripa mentioned, “We need to remember that our brains are always ‘on’ and are actually designed to be worried. After all, that anxiety can keep us alive as we are always aware of potential dangers that may threaten us.”

Furthermore, Serani outlined that people who deal with anxiety or any such issue find it difficult to control their brains and put certain thoughts “on hold.”

She was also quoted saying, “Along a different line, there are some people who may need to stay busy because subconsciously, being calm, having space, and experiencing ease may give rise to negative thoughts or memories of traumatic experiences,” as per the reports by Healthline.

Why do people find it difficult to relax?

Major reasons that make it difficult to relax are external pressures and internal dynamics, according to Schirripa’s explanation. The expert further outlined that external pressures could be linked to work, study, family, or other commitments and that people or their brains are always ‘switched on’ to the outside world.

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Healthline quoted Schirripa saying, “They can then feel obligated to meet the demands of these outside influences, and as such, this can lead to a perception that they are not allowed to actually have any downtime or a space to relax that is just for themselves.”

Further, the experts shed light of no definitive boundaries for work time or leisure time. She outlined, “Long ago, the workday ended at 5 pm and the weekends were for rest and relaxation, and on Sundays, stores were closed, which helped to make home time and relaxation easier to do. These predictable guidelines just don’t exist anymore.”

Does a person face long-term consequences if they are unable to properly relax?

Health experts have mentioned that if an individual continuously deals with chronic stress, the risk for high blood pressure, backaches, heart attacks and strokes, ulcers, fatigue, headaches, difficulty in concentrating, and irritability.

Serani mentioned, “Depression and anxiety can surge, as can social, relational, and interpersonal difficulties when you don’t stop and smell the roses,” as reported by Healthline.

Along with this, PhD clinical psychologist and founder of Priority Wellness – Natalie Christine Dattilo, outlined, “Over time, this can make it more difficult to elicit a relaxation response,” adding, “I meet with people who tell me they feel agitated, on edge, and anxious ‘from the neck down,’ but don’t describe feeling mentally anxious at all…which for me is an indication that we need to actively reset their default activation state through intentional relaxation practice,” as per Healthline.

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