Understanding Stress and How to Deal with it

Monday, July 16, 2012

In this day and age and with the advancement of science and technology, life is going by faster than ever.  It seems as if there is no time to waste as we try to squeeze in as many things as we can.  But trying to squeeze in as many things as possible with our busy lives can lead to undue stress.  Some forget that in this process of non-stop work, it is easier to become a victim of stress which can lead to illness and prevent people from leading healthy lives.  Therefore one should be very careful not to over burden themselves, so that they may be able to ward off undue stress.

A small manageable amount of stress is good.  Stress gets us out of the bed in the morning.  Without a certain amount of stress, we would not be motivated to get anything done.  However, too much stress causes strain on people and puts them at a state of un-easiness.  If a person is continuously under pressure then it leads to release of excess stress hormones which can reach toxic levels.  Adrenaline is one of these stress hormones.  Adrenaline can cause an elevation in heart rate and blood pressure.

When a person has too much stress it can weaken the immune system of the body, thus making it more susceptible to diseases. When our immune system has been compromised, we can then catch various viruses and other illnesses that are being passed around.

How should one combat stress?  If we are all going to feel stressed at some point, what can we do about it?  Recognize that stress is inevitable, and make sure that you do what you need to do to keep only a healthy amount of stress in your life.  Thinking or worrying about being stressed may make you actually stress out more, and lead to anxiety.  Be in tune to the responses that your body gives to you in response to stress.  Major symptoms of stress are tiredness, irritability and headaches. Taking the time to find time to relax, and to combat stress is one of the healthiest things that you can do.  Having a hobby that you enjoy that can take you away from your stress also will help.

Stress is going to happen, but we can manage our behaviors and reactions to stress.  Having a routine of proper nutrition and exercise can especially help.  If you are having a bad day at work which is very stressful, take the time to do something that causes your body less stress and enjoyable, and you will find that it’s much easier to combat stress.