Published on Jan 05, 2019 and last reviewed on Jan 12, 2023 - 3 min read
Stress is our body's response to any kind of demand or threat. During stress, certain hormones and chemicals get released in the body, which affects all the organs of the body and prepares us to fight back the demand. But, as we know, an excess of anything is bad. In today's competitive world, most of us have some form of chronic stress, which is harmful. So let us discuss how can we deal with it.
What Is Stress?
Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of demanding or threatful situation.
What Happens in Stress?
In stress, certain hormones and chemicals get released in the blood which affects all the organs of our body. The heart beats faster and pumps more blood, the blood glucose levels increase, the whole body receives more blood and glucose, the brain vessels dilate and the person feels a throbbing headache, the lungs dilate and the person starts breathing faster and a feeling of suffocation occurs.
Types Of Stress:
There are two types of stress:
1. Constructive stress (eustress): Stress is not always bad. Constructive stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and motivate you to do your best. It improves your concentration during a presentation, examinations, interviews or alerts you and makes you do best as per your abilities.
2. Destructive stress (distress): On the other hand, destructive or excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical, psychological and emotional health, and affect your relationships and career.
Why Do We need to Manage Stress?
Chronic stress has a negative impact on both the mind and body. It can lead to serious physical health problems like heart diseases, increased blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, migraine, gastric ulcers, and mental health issues like depression, anxiety, insomnia, overeating, sexual problems, irritability, increased smoking, and alcoholism, etc.
So let us discuss some stress management techniques.
Tips to Deal with Stress:
Make time for regular exercise. One feels his/her mood elevate and gets good relief from stress after playing a good match, or running or jogging for some time. Any rhythmic movement such as walking, running, dancing, etc., should be done for at least 30 minutes a day. Physical activity increases certain chemicals and hormones in the blood and brain which helps lift our mood and combat stress.
Socialization is very important for proper mental health. We, humans, are social animals and we need people around us with whom we can connect, share our feelings, and take support. Having good friends around you makes you happy and content. So, try to build good social contacts, do not indulge too much on the internet or invest time in making virtual friends online.
3) Engage Your Senses:
Another quick way to relieve stress is by engaging one or more of your senses - sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, or movement.
You could do some gardening, listen to sounds of flowing water from an indoor fountain, light aroma candles, take a warm bath, or dance to some peppy music. These are just some ideas, there is more you could try.
4) Relax Your Mind:
Learn relaxation techniques such as:
When practiced regularly, these activities can reduce your everyday stress levels and boost feelings of joy and serenity. They also increase your ability to stay calm.
Let us implement these techniques in day-to-day life and prevent the harmful effects of stress.
It is vital to help someone who is stressed by saying things that make them feel assured. In addition, try to figure out factors or situations that make them feel stressed and keep the person away from them. The most important is to listen to their problems first. Let them cry for a while and give them some lonely time to relax.
Stress may occur due to various reasons, as follows:
- Chronic illness.
- Sudden loss of a loved thing or person.
- Other emotional issues.
- Victim of any disaster or accident.
- Physical or mental abuse.
The classic signs of stress include:
- Loss of interest in everything.
- Looks worried always.
- Feeling lonely.
The ways to calm down a person under stress are:
- To make them feel safe and secure.
- Instead of giving advice, do things that make them feel happy.
- Do not force them not to cry; it is better to cry for some time.
- Tell them that everything will be fine soon.
Stress is the body’s reaction to situations or events disturbing you mentally. It may also occur without any underlying cause or reason. But, if the period of stress prolongs or does not decrease at all, it is considered an illness. It is important to relax and get enough sleep to prevent unnecessary stress.
The following methods help in managing a stressful mind:
- Follow your hobbies.
- Exercise every day.
- Do meditation or yoga that relaxes your mind.
- Have a good amount of sleep.
- Eat healthy foods.
Stress is an emotional response by the body to certain situations. It is sometimes uncontrollable, and it becomes difficult to overcome it. Some individuals have negative beliefs that lead to stress, and it is hard to bring them out of it. It depends on one’s perseverance and positive attitude that will aid in removing stress.
Some may not even know that they are over-stressing over a particular event. However, when it is too much or chronic, the body starts showing the following signs:
- Changes in bowel movements.
- Stiffness in the jaw.
- Pain or discomfort in muscles, chest, etc.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Sexual problems.
Most of us worry or fall apart when we get a stressed text from a close person. However, finding ways to comfort and motivate them is crucial. Ensure you are always there with them to help them in any situation or problem. Ask them to take a break from everything that stresses them out. Finally, find a way to help them.
Mostly, stress does not last forever; they are short-term. Rarely, due to false hopes or other reasons, it may last longer. The body may be unable to manage the chronic stress and begin showing warning signs that the stress is too much. Due to overstress, symptoms like diarrhea, anxiety, headache, and increased heart rate may develop. Therefore, in case of chronic stress, it is vital to meet the specialist immediately to prevent complications.
Many tend to cry aloud due to stress, and most think it may worsen the situation. But the fact is that crying may help alleviate the bad mood. It also aids in reducing stress hormone levels in the body, and the person feels relaxed and relieved after crying. In addition, crying allows your body to fight against stressful situations, thus improving the function of the immune system.
Not all stress makes one fall sick. When the stress last longer, it may disturb sleep, cause digestive issues, and affects all other body systems. Stress, in turn, degrades the body’s immune system to fight against infection. Therefore, the individual with chronic stress may have a weakened immune system, be prone to infections or diseases, and fall sick easily.
When an individual is unable to control the consequences of personal situations, then he or she may feel stressed out. Especially in cases like losing loved ones, or traumatic events, separation from family leads to personal stress. Taking a break from regular activities, finding ways to enhance both physical and mental well-being, and taking support from mental health organizations significantly help in managing personal stress.
Stress does not fall under mental illness, and it is also not a mental illness. It is basically the body’s response to a specific situation, and it does help the body in fighting against those situations. However, if a person is overstressed or if it is chronic, then it may gradually lead to mental illness like anxiety, depression, etc.
The are several ways and methods to calm down during stress:
- Breathing exercises are considered the most effective among them.
- Listen to music that soothes you.
- Do activities that make you happy.
- Talk to your friends.
- Keep yourself active.
Last reviewed at:
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