Stress: Danger, Causes, and Tips
Stress: Danger, Causes, and Tips
In today’s fast-paced world, chronic stress is common, and also Stress takes many forms in our lives, but your mind and body can pay a high price. Learn how to recognize overwhelming stress—and some tips for reducing stress
WHAT IS STRESS
Stress is your body’s response to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress continues for a long time, it may harm your health.
In other words, Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any experience or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry,worried, or nervous.
If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, So it’s time to start taking action to bring your nervous system back into balance.
WHY STRESS IS SO DANGER?
As we already know, Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without break or relaxation between stressors. As a result, the person becomes Tired and overworked,
when under relentless and unmanageable stress, a person’s self-worth is impaired. Relationships suffer and positive planning becomes very difficult.
long term stress can severely affect a person’s health. The immune system is damaged, the nervous system is impaired and susceptibility to minor (and sometimes major) illnesses increases.
of course, when under long-term stress at work, the ability to function at peak levels diminishes. How can we be expected to give 110% of our minds and bodies are slowly shutting down through endless misuse? Typically, a highly stressed person, who is not managing it well, will subconsciously develop behaviors that attempt to minimize exposure to more stress:
- + A fear to act – procrastination
- + Fear of failure
- + Avoidance of the issues
- + Withdrawal from ‘the cutting edge’
CAUSES OF STRESS
The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship. However, anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful. This includes positive events such as getting married, buying a house, going to college, or receiving a promotion.
Of course, not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be internal or self-generated, when you worry excessively about something that may or may not happen, or have irrational, pessimistic thoughts about life.
Finally, what causes stress depends, at least in part, on your perception of it. Something that’s stressful to you may not faze someone else; they may even enjoy it. While some of us are terrified of getting up in front of people to perform or speak, for example, others live for the spotlight. Where one person thrives under pressure and performs best in the face of a tight deadline, another will shut down when work demands escalate. And while you may enjoy helping to care for your elderly parents, your siblings may find the demands of caretaking overwhelming and stressful.
Common external causes of stress include:
- Major life changes
- Work or school
- Relationship difficulties
- Financial problems
- Being too busy
- Children and family
Common internal causes of stress include:
- Inability to accept uncertainty
- Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
- Negative self-talk
- Unrealistic expectations / perfectionism
- All-or-nothing attitude
TIPS FOR REDUCING STRESS
People can learn to manage stress and lead happier healthier lives. You may want to begin with the following tips:
Few people know how to breathe. They suck in, and blow out air periodically, but without conscious thought.
Take a deep breath, deep into your stomach, filling the very bottom of your lungs, then slowly let it out.
Repeat five times. This basal breathing is very relaxing and the few minutes it takes are highly beneficial in easing stress.
What happens when all that excess adrenaline has nowhere to go? It builds stress even further. A little exercise is the best way of all of burning it all off.
There is no need to join a gym or run a marathon – just walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, do a set of sit-ups before bedtime, or take two minutes to perform an easy stretching routine before lunch. The more exercise you can build into your daily life the better you will be at dealing with each day.