Current life is full of dissatisfactions, deadlines, and demands. For some individuals, stress has become so common that it is now a part of life. Stress is not always bad, however. Stress within your comfort zone can motivate you to do your best, even keep you safe when risk looms. But when stress gets to be overpowering, it can harm your health, relationships, mood and quality of life.
What is stress:
Stress is your body’s way of reacting to any sort of demand or threat. When you feel debilitated or threatened, your nervous system responds by discharging a flood of stress hormones that include adrenaline and cortisol, which stir the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, muscles tighten and your senses become sharper. These physical changes build up your strength and stamina, speed your response time, and enhance your focus.
Signs and symptoms of stress overload:
- Seeing only the negative
- Inability to concentrate and Poor judgment
- Irritability or short temper
- Memory problems
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Depression or general unhappiness and constant worrying
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat, Aches and pains
- Loss of sex drive
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Diarrhea or constipation, Nausea, dizziness
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
- Isolating yourself from others
The Reasons of stress:
The circumstances and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We for the most part consider stressors as being negative, such as a debilitating work routine or a rough or unpleasant relationship. But, anything that puts high demands on you or forces you to adjust can be the cause of stress. This includes positive events such as purchasing a house, getting married, going to college, or receiving a promotion.
Obviously, not all stress is brought on by external factors. Stress can also be self-generated, for example, when you worry unreasonably about something that might possibly happen or may not happen, or have pessimistic thoughts about life.
Common causes of stress:
- Major life changes
- Work or school
- Relationship challenges
- Financial issues
- Being excessively occupied
- Family and Children
- Negative self-talk
- Unrealistic desires/Perfectionism
- Lack of flexibility, Rigid thinking
How to prevent and deal with Stress:
- You can better cope with stress by strengthening your physical health.
- Set aside relaxation time. Relaxation techniques and procedures such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the fight or flight stress response.
- Eat a healthy diet. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, lessen your caffeine and sugar intake, include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, and cut back on alcohol and nicotine.
- Get plenty of sleep. Feeling tired can increase stress.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is a good tool to deal with Stress
- Try Meditation- Meditation is very useful to prevent or deal with Stress
- Believe in yourself and trust others also.