November 28, 2022

Feeling stressed? Everyone faces stress from time-to-time. However, long term stress can build up and have an adverse impact on health. Stress is a normal psychological and physical response to the day-to-day demands of life. The feeling of being over loaded with mental and emotional pressure can turn into stress when you feel unable to cope. While a certain level of stress can be motivational for one person, same level may be overwhelming to another.

 Too much stress causes the body’s defense system known as “The fight-or-flight” to kick in. The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones that include adrenaline and corisol. This emergency stress response causes the heart to pound faster, blood pressure to rise, muscles to tighten and breathing to become more rapid.

  Frequent stress can cause the body to be in a heightened state if stress most of the time,which leads to suppressed immunity, digestive and reproductive problems, increased aging, and a greater risk of heart attack and stroke. Stress can also leave you more vulnerable to mental health concerns such as: Anxiety and Depression.

Stress, this is the feeling we have when overwhelmed and unable to cope with life mishaps. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we have little control over a situation.

 Often times, stress response could be useful, it can help us push through fear and pain so we can run a marathon or deliver a speech, our stress hormones usually go back to normal quickly, once the stressful event is over, and there won’t be lasting effect.

THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON THE BODY.

Stress occurs in at least 98% of human beings on a daily basis. One might notice certain symptoms of stress probably in the process of keeping finance at bay, taking care of one’s family most especially when this individual still has little ones, a busy day at work or coping with a challenging relationship. We should know that stress is everywhere, and while a little stress is OK- some stress are beneficial, while some tears down the individual and can even result to ill health or become chronic if not properly checked.

 The most accurate step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms which you have, recognizing stress symptoms may be a little harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don’t know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.

Stress can affect all parts of your life, including your behaviors, emotion, thinking abilities and physical health. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently the symptoms vary. Some symptoms can be vague and maybe the same as those caused by medical conditions. It is often at times so overwhelming that you can’t see beyond the thick fog of stress.

 Acute stress happens within a few minutes to a few hours of an event, it lasts for a short period of time, usually a few weeks and is very intense.

Stress can result to mental instability whereby it makes an existing problem worse, it could lead to things such as: Post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Depression and Heightened nervousness. Communication skills and other lifestyle skills can be helpful in managing stress and changing how we feel from being overwhelmed to being stimulated and challenged.

 WAYS ONE CAN DEAL WITH STRESS.

 Do you feel stressed out? Then this is a sure fire way to get a hang of that phase whilst feeling overly stressed. These are the things you can try to feel less tense.

• Meditate + Listening to music

 • Set goals + Reading a book

 •  Talking to friend(s) + Playing with pet

 •   Exercise + Yoga

 •   Avoid caffeine + Picking up a new hobby

 •   Sleeping better + Going to the spa

 •   Breathe Deeply + Spending time with nature

• Eating right + Therapy

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