Melissa A. Allen
Nov 13, 2021
Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Stress is the body and mind’s reactions to every day demands or threats. Some cope with stress more effectively and recover from stressful events more quickly than others. The human body is designed to experience and react to stress. Stress can be both negative and positive. Stress can motivate people when in non-life-threatening situations. An example of this would be when they have an interview for a new job, exam, or competitive activity. Another positive side of stress is it keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. But stress becomes a problem when stressors continue without relief or periods of relaxation.
There are three different types of stress and within each there are specific stressors.
When we experience stressors, our bodies produce physical and mental responses which causes symptoms. Symptoms may include feeling overwhelmed, drained, irritable, impatient with people including snapping or being short as well as aggressive. Procrastination, worrying more than usual, difficulty concentrating and struggling to make decisions are other internal symptoms.
Stress can also cause physical distress including aches and pains. Headaches as well as sore eyes are among the top reported consequences. Muscle tension or jaw clenching are common along with digestive problems. Indigestion, constipation, or diarrhea are more specific stomach issues.
Stress management training can help you deal with stressors in a healthier way.
The most basic way to diffuse stress is to change your thinking of specific situations so that you no longer see it as stressful. Learning and practicing mindfulness techniques to change the stress mindset also enhances performance and productivity.
Another fundamental of stress management is maintaining your physical health.
While stress is a normal part of life, too much stress is clearly harmful to your physical and mental well-being. Consider talking to a therapist or your healthcare provider about your worries. Seek help right away if you have suicidal thoughts, are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, or are using drugs or alcohol more frequently because of stress.
Gentle reminder: Everyone goes through stress. It’s natural and normal to be stressed sometimes. Expectations of a stress-free life are unreasonable.
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