Stress and stress management is a huge mystery itself…!! We all experience stress in our lives as majority of health problems are caused or influenced by stress, it’s important to understand how stress affects our body and learn effective stress management techniques to make stress work for you rather than against you.
What is Stress ??
Stress is your body’s response to certain situations and changes in your life cause life is full of constant changes. Stress can affect your physical, mental health and your behavior as there is no avoiding to it. This is why our goal shouldn’t be to eliminate all stress, but to eliminate unnecessary stress and effectively manage the rest.
Is all Stress bad ??
Not all stress are bad. In fact, some stress heightens your senses, helping you to avoid accidents, go through unexpected deadlines, or stay clear-minded in chaotic situations. This is the “fight-or-flight” response that your body triggers in times of pressure.However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences like taking you to a severe emotional toll, affecting the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems.
Types of Stress
- Acute stress
- Episodic acute stress
- Chronic stress
- Physical Stress
- Psychological Stress
- Psychosocial Stress
Signs of Stress
Everyone reacts to stress differently. However, some common signs and symptoms includes:
- Frequent headaches.
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet.
- Frequent heartburn, stomach pain, or nausea.
- Panic attacks.
- Excessive sleeping, or insomnia.
- Persistent difficulty concentrating.
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
- Social withdrawal or isolation.
- Constant fatigue.
- Irritability and angry episodes.
- Significant weight gain or loss.
- Consistent feelings of being overwhelmed or overloaded.
How to Manage Stress
The first step in stress management is to understand where these feeling are coming from.Everyone is different and so are the ways they choose to manage their stress. Some people prefer pursuing hobbies such as gardening, playing music and creating art, while others find relief in more solitary activities: meditation, yoga and walking.
Here are following control and preventions recommended to help you cope up with stress:
- Know your stress triggers.
- Take a break from whatever is causing you stress.
- Be realistic and manage your time well.
- Take care of yourself, by eating healthy, exercising, getting laugh out smiles and plenty of sleep.
- Find support by talking to other people to get your problems off your chest.
- Connect socially, as it’s easy to isolate yourself after a stressful event.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol, which may seem to help with stress in the short term, but can actually cause more problems in the long term.