Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kinds, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK - some stress is actually beneficial - too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.
The first step to controlling stress is to know what the symptoms of stress are but recognizing these symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don't know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.
WHAT IS STRESS?
Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations - whether they are real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is "fight or flight," or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.
Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. And, not all stress is bad. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you!
Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress but we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.
COMMON EFFECTS OF STRESS
Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Stress can cause:
HOW TO MANAGE STRESS
Taking steps to managing your stress can have numerous health benefits. Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.
Exploring stress management strategies are very important.
Strategies include such things as:
If you're not sure if stress is the cause or if you've taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor, naturopath, professional counselor or therapist or holistic practitioner.
References: Mayo clinic guide to stress, WebMD
Paula Hunter - Psychic Naturopath
Paula has been providing readings professionally for over 20 years to clients all over the world. She is a Reiki Master, Clinical Hypnotist, Certified Aromatherapist and has her Naturopath Membership with the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. She also has her Bachelors and Masters of Metaphysical Science.