Stress is a normal reaction the body has when changes occur. It can respond to these changes physically, mentally, or emotionally.
What is stress?
Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or
response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and
emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience
stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Even positive
life changes such as a promotion, a mortgage, or the birth of a child produce
What causes stress?
The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We
usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work
schedule or a unstable relationship. However, anything that puts high
demands on you can be stressful. This includes positive events such as
getting married, buying a house, going to college, or receiving a promotion.
Of course, not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be
internal or self-generated, when you worry excessively about something
that may or may not happen, or have irrational, lack of hope about life.
Finally, what causes stress depends, at least in part, on your perception of
it. Something that's stressful to you may unsettle someone else; they may
even enjoy it. While some of us are terrified of getting up in front of people
to perform or speak, for example, others live for the spotlight. Where one
person develop well under pressure and performs best in the face of a tight
deadline, another will shut down when work demands extent. And while
you may enjoy helping care for your elderly parents, your sibling may find
the demands of care taking overwhelmingly stressful.
Common external causes of stress include:
• Major life changes
• Work or school
• Relationship difficulties
• Financial problems
• Being too busy
• Children and family
Common internal causes of stress include:
• Lack of hope or confidence
• Inability to accept uncertainty
• Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
• Negative self-talk
• Unrealistic expectations / perfectionism
• All-or-nothing attitude
Types of stress
1. Acute stress
Acute stress is the most common type of stress. It’s your body's immediate
reaction to a new challenge, event, or demand, and it triggers your fight-orflight response. As the pressures of a near-miss automobile accident, an
argument with a family member, or a costly mistake at work sink in, your
body turns on this biological response.
Acute stress isn't always negative. It's also the experience you have when
riding a rollercoaster or having a person jump out at you in a haunted
house. Isolated episodes of acute stress should not have any lingering
health effects. In fact, they might actually be healthy for you, as these
stressful situations give your body and brain practice in developing the
best response to future stressful situations.
Severe acute stress such as stress suffered as the victim of a crime or life threatening situation can lead to mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder.
2. Episodic acute stress
When acute stress happens frequently, it’s called episodic acute stress.
People who always seem to be having a crisis tend to have episodic acute
stress. They are often short-tempered, irritable, and anxious. People who
are “worry warts” or pessimistic or who tend to see the negative side of
everything also tend to have episodic acute stress.
Negative health effects are persistent in people with episodic acute stress.
It may be hard for people with this type of stress to change their lifestyle, as
they accept stress as a part of life.
How to cope-up with Stress?
Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all
be normal reactions to stress. Here are some healthy ways you can deal
• Take care of yourself.
o Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
o Exercise on a regular basis
o Get plenty of sleep
o Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out
• Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping
with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
• Avoid drugs and alcohol. These may seem to help with the stress. But in
the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you
are already feeling.
• Take a break. If news events are causing your stress, take a break from
listening or watching the news.
Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue or you are
thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional
Home remedies for Stress management.
• Do Yoga ( like – Palm tree pose, Raised arm pose, Mountain pose, Childpose, Camel pose)
• Neck massage
• Aroma therapy (○ Lavender: soothing; builds solidarity and strength.○ Marjoram: provides relief from emotional pain and grief.○ Chamomile: calming, soothing, medicinal.○ Geranium: cheery; helps to improve downward spiraling moods.○ Fennel: helps you be kind to yourself).
Finally one thing I can say is "Stop focusing on how stressed you are, and Remember how blessed you are! "
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