What is stress?
Stress is a part of life and a natural reaction. Stress can be both good and bad. Stress is a way for your body to deal with demanding situations, it can be helpful sometimes when something has to get done and keep you focused. Stress is good for a short amount of time but if you’re constantly stressed it can become a problem. Stress is different for everyone what causes you stress might not cause other stress. Known as the body’s fight-or-flight response, our sympathetic nervous system is activated due to a sudden release of the hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. This causes your body to show stress and anxiety symptoms such as:
- Bad sleep
- Heart beats faster
- Negative thoughts
- Constantly tired
- Restless, Tense
- Trouble concentrating
- Social isolation
The stress response can be triggered by mental exertion, when you feel like you have a lot to do. Job stress is a major source of stress in adults and has increased through the past decades. Job stress can be harmful both emotionally and physically and can lead to long-term problems. Stress can easily lead to health problems depression, anxiety, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
There are many stress management tips that will lower your stress level. Most stress management tips are meditation, yoga and exercise. Although these are great techniques to de-stress there are many other ways to relax and lower stress. It’s important to eat and sleep well, when your body and mind is well rested it’s easier to approach stressful situations more calmly. Remember to take a break, a vacation now and then. Travel to another country, a weekend getaway or road trip, a small break is beneficial for good health. Sometimes turning of all electronic devices helps to make you feel more peaceful when you’re not constantly checking your phone every 5 minutes. Another good way to de-stress is to hangout with friends or animals as it can lower stress and make you calmer.
By understanding and identifying what causes your stress, it will help you prepare a set of stress management tools to use when you are feeling stressed. Recognize the stress signals such as headache, trouble concentrating and irritation, be aware of these symptoms to battle them with different calming tactics that will work for you. Make self-care a priority and put your well-being before others. Ask for support when needed.