Stress is a natural part of life. It can also have a profound impact on our health if it’s prolonged or severe enough. There are many ways a person can experience stress. Stress is a normal part of everyone’s everyday life. It is a part of school, work, family and can be a huge source of anxiety. Everyone has stress to some degree in their lives, but how you manage stress is the key! Stress has become an epidemic affecting people of all ages. Excess stress can affect your health both mentally and physically.
There are many forms of stress and not everyone presents stress the same way. But what are the signs and symptoms of stress? How can we manage stress? How can stress manifest in people? And what are some tips for dealing with stress? The answers to these questions are in the paragraphs below.
Types Of Stress
Stress is mainly categorised into three types-
Acute stress is the most common type of short-term stress. It is frequently referred to as the fight or flight response, and it is a response to an imminent threat. Noise, danger, crowd and isolation are all common causes of acute stress.
Episodic Acute Stress
Those whose lives are always hectic and demanding are more likely to experience acute stress on a regular basis. These people are usually in a hurry and try to juggle too many tasks at once. People who worry a lot are more likely to experience episodic acute stress.
Chronic stress is described as a form of anxiety that develops over time as a result of either internal or external stimuli. Financial difficulties, the death of a loved one, long-term relationship concerns, and having a demanding job or work schedule are all common reasons for chronic stress.
Effects of Stress on Our Body and Mind
Continuous activation of the stress response causes wears and tear on the body when a person is under long-term (chronic) stress. Symptoms appear in the form of physical, emotional, and behavioural manifestations.
Physical Symptoms of stress include
- Body aches
- Faster heartbeat
- Sleep deprivation
- Headaches and dizziness
- Frequent Jaw clenching
- Underperforming immune system
Mental Symptoms of Stress include-
- Panic Attacks
People who experience chronic stress are often prone to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. They can also become addicted to gambling, overeating, impulsive shopping etc to give them a sense of control over their life.
There is neither a definite diagnosis nor a definitive test to determine if a patient is feeling stressed. It is subjective to the patient experiencing it.
You can’t prevent stress, but you can keep it from becoming overwhelming by using the following tactics on a regular basis:
- When you start to feel stressed, exercise. Even a brief walk can help you feel better.
- Take a minute at the end of each day to reflect on what you’ve accomplished rather than what you haven’t.
- Make daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Narrowing your perspective will make you feel more in charge of both immediate and long-term responsibilities.
- Talking to a therapist or your healthcare practitioner about your concerns is always a good idea.
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