No matter how much people try to avoid it, stress remains a fact in the modern life with our lifestyle being one of the contributing factors. Stress is the normal physical response of the body towards stressors or events that can make the individual feel threatened. Different people respond differently to stress, and psychologists advise that it is important for a person to recognize when the stress levels go out of control. According to Sulack (2016), if a person cannot avoid it, then they should look for means to manage it through resilience. The ability of a person to adapt and to recover from all the stressors in their life is a milestone because no matter all the activities that we engage in our life, we will always have instances of stress. Of note is the fact that not all stress is bad and our bodies are made in such a way that it can handle some of the stress from time to time. However, the aspect of being under stress most of the time makes our bodies weak and thus fails to return to its place of equilibrium between balance and rest (Sulack).
Without a doubt, having the knowledge about stress can assist me in having the requisite knowledge in the causes of stress, the negative effects of stress, and stress management. Having knowledge on the causes of stress can go a long way in avoiding all those aspects of life that can make me stressed. Of concern is understanding ways of managing stress as letting stress have the better of me can expose me to the risk of many illnesses. Clearly, as it is a reaction that comes from the brain, it has a very powerful impact on my well-being.
Adverse effects of Stress
Stress can have adverse implications on the health of the person affected. Clearly, stress symptoms can affect my body, my thoughts, feelings and ultimately my behavior towards people. If left unchecked, stress can contribute to many health problems that include diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and in extreme cases instances of heart disease (Eliaz). In fact, stress can make the preexisting conditions to become worse with studies conducted indicating that people with chronic headaches saw an improvement after learning ways of reducing stress. Stress can also cause instances of insomnia with long-term exposure to chronic stress leading to a disruption in the sleep patterns and can cause sleep disorders (Eliaz). Studies indicate that stress can contribute to some mental and emotional disorders which include depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Cases of emotional stress can make it difficult for a person to make rational decisions or fail to remember things. Stress has also been shown to cause bouts of anger and high instances of irritability (Sulack). Such cases can make a person to feel irritated with others and can cause relationship conflicts.
Techniques to Cope with Stress
Stress management is of utmost importance as reducing the stress levels in my everyday life is vital in maintaining the overall health of my body. A stress-free body works in a normal way thus helping in improving the mood, boosting the immunity, and make a person more productive (Sulack). Clearly, we live in a society where for every period of stress requires an equal period of rest so that our bodies can recover and build up capacity so that it can be able to cope with any stressors that can come up in time. To manage the stress levels then it is of utmost importance to engage in regular activities that include walking or swimming which have been shown to reduce the stress levels in a person.
Eliaz (2011), posits that addressing all the kind of stressors that exists in our lives from the food we eat can make people live a healthy lifestyle. For example, unhealthy lifestyles such a sitting for long durations of time is harmful to the health of a person. Recognizing that unhealthy eating habits such a massive consumption of white sugars and white flour can lead to chronic diseases such diabetes and obesity can assist in reducing the instances of a stressed lifestyle. Further, a person should learn to connect with individuals who encourage you when the stress levels are high. According to a study conducted by New England Journal of Medicine, it indicates that having obese friends can ultimately make on overweight as such a person should connect with those friends whom they share the same vision of staying on track (Sulack).
The benefits of studying stress have made me have a deeper understanding of stress and that there is good and bad stress. In some cases, stress is good as our bodies can manage to handle some levels of stress. Indeed, stress is a fact of the modern life and having a sound knowledge of how one can handle it can make a person live a stress-free life. Moreover, studies conducted indicate that having the ability to overcome the stressors of life is necessary as people will always encounter instances of stress in their lives. Good habits can assist in lessening the adverse effects of stress, and they include a healthy diet, exercising, and having time to rest.
Eliaz, Isaac. “Why Stress Management Is So Important For Your Health”. mindbodygreen. N.p., 2011. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
Sulack, Pete. “For Better|US News”. Stress: Manage it? Or Avoid It? N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.