What is Stress?

Stress is a reaction to an event which can lead to physical or emotional tension and usually occurs when someone becomes threatened or anxious. It’s primarily a physical response that can cause us to be in a fight or flight mode by releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine to prepare the body for a physical response. Without stress we would not be in the situations or have the experiences we did today as a little stress is a good motivator, however, having no control can lead to long-term consequences.

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The bodies response to stress can actually cause blood flow to be diverted to the muscles and can even shut down the digestive system. In the event, your blood flow is being diverted preparing your body for fight or flight mode and your brain function becomes minimized. This leads to the inability to think straight which will become noticeable as a hindrance both at home and at work.  There is also a third uncommon response to stress known as ‘freeze’ where the energy mobilized by the perceived threat becomes locked into the nervous system.  Sometimes you can spot this when the person affected holds their breath or their breath become very shallow and you’ll hear the occasional deep sign, this is the nervous system catching up.

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Dangers of Stress

If stress is around long enough then the dangers and risk continue to rise where it has the ability to take over your life. It is said and well known by many psychologists that the biggest killer in the world is stress. People underestimate the impact stress can have especially in the long-run where health issues start to creep their ways inside you that can lead to a decreased lifespan as a result. If you would like to know how stress affects us cognitively, physically, emotionally or even how it can impact our behavior then please see here for further information.

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Best Ways to Handle Stress

In order to cope with stress, you need to make sure you are giving yourself enough sleep especially when you’re stressed as this is when your body will require at least 8 hours of sleep per day. You also need to make sure that you are giving yourself enough food and energy even though your appetite may not be there. By inhaling and exhaling deeply throughout the day, you are allowing yourself to become more calm and relaxed. You will also need to make sure you always try your best at whatever you do as along as you can understand that perfection can hold you back. This one may seem a bit obvious however making an effort to replace the negative thoughts with positive once can make a huge impact on your day. Another important key is to realize what triggers your stress, once you figure this out then you will be able to manage the stress better.

The biggest and most powerful way to feel relief almost immediately is to take some time-out. You can indulge in anything you enjoy such a listening to music, meditation, going for long walks or even using stress to better yourself in whatever form of arts you like to practice. The less caffeine and alcohol the better as you can become addicted to substances similar to alcohol as a coping mechanism and they can also aggravate anxiety as well as triggering panic attacks. Keeping body healthy and exercising daily will definitely improve your overall mood and give you more energy. Giving back to the community and volunteering will help you to create support networks and give you a break from everyday stress, it will also make you feel good about yourself by helping others. A classic cup of tea and some family or friends to talk to it about can help sometimes however you will only be making the situation more real for yourself and the law of attraction will bring you more of those situations towards you.

 

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