Understanding Stress

Stress is the state of mental tension. The psychology definition of stress is the process by which one perceives and responds to certain events, or stressors which are viewed as challenging. Stressors are triggers which can be physically, emotionally, or spiritually harmful. (Macdonald). Over 110 million people die every year as a direct result of stress, which is definitely preventable. Stress is not an emotion; it is a reaction to stimulus perceived as disturbing or disrupting. The common factor in anxiety, headaches; cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, depression, fears, and irritable bowel etc. is stress exacerbates the condition. The amygdala is immune to the effects of stress hormones, so it may continue to sound an “alarm” inappropriately leading to a chronic state of inflammation and lower immunity. According to WebMD the signs or symptoms of stress include:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others
  • Physical symptoms of stress include:
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
  • Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
  • Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

Many individuals do not consider themselves to be stressed at all. You may say how can a person not know they are stressed? According to The Richmond Hypnosis Center, people become accustomed to having unresolved internal problems. (1). It is easy to tell someone to stop stressing, but how do they stop stressing if they never knew they were stressed to begin with? According to Medicine.net, A key aspect of a healthy response to stress is the time course. Responses must be initiated rapidly, maintained for a proper amount of time, and then turned off to ensure an optimal result. An over-response to stress or the failure to shut off a stress response can have negative biological and mental-health consequences for an individual. (MedicineNet.com).

What is your stress level? Are you normalizing stress? Have you gotten accustomed to having a stressful life? What contributes to your stress and how do you cope?

Do you remember the last time you were stressed? Chances are it was a lot more recently than you think. The feeling of anxiety and tension is so common; many people think they are OK unless they are having a heart attack. But the truth is that stress has a sneaky way of building up in you until it becomes a serious problem.

Stress is considered an emotional issue because it’s the way the body responds to what it perceives as an acute threat. Medical doctors treat diseases and the symptoms of the disease; but the real question why do we have these diseases and how we can be more educated to keep ourselves health?

The emotional development and ability to cope with stress is vital factor in ones being, and it is never too late to learn how to heal the body and mind. We must learn how to manage stress, how to cope, understand triggers, and overcome them. We must understand the mind-body connection and know how to manage it effectively.

It’s common for people to not realize they are stressed out. People minimize the stress they are under, the affect it has, and don’t take action. Overstand how thoughts and emotions affect your health, and how to manage it. When people are in the hospital, although mainly intended to treat an immediate medical condition, people are typically NOT assessed mentally or emotionally. People can unknowingly make themselves suffer for years; simply because they had no idea they were stressing. And unresolved emotions/trauma/stress typically wont show up on medical test results.

People don’t usually associate physical manifestations with stress, but a recent study shows that negative emotions, such as stress, are linked to poor physical health in more than 150,000 people in 142 countries. If the body produces these hormones on regular basis, they hurt the immune, digestive, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Source: theactivetimes.com

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