There has been an increasing number of people suffering from chronic stress in the present fast-paced world. The effects that both your mind and body suffer as a result require that you understand what stress is. You need to know the situations that cause stress. Most importantly, be aware of the measures necessary in order to get relief from a stressful situation.
Today’s article is the beginning of a series that aims to deconstruct the enigma called stress to put you in the know. Follow along cherished reader.
Stress is defined as the body’s response to any kind of threat or demand. In the event that you sense any kind of danger, whether real or imagined, the defenses of the body rapidly kick in in an intense manner. It is an automatic process that is referred to as the ‘fight/flight reaction. It is also commonly known as the ‘stress response’.
This stress response is the body’s defense mechanism. When functioning properly, it helps in keeping one focused, alert, and energetic. Stress is important during an emergency as it can save your life by giving you that extra strength needed for defense. A good example is when stress spurs you into slamming onto the car brakes this helps you to avoid a car accident.
Stress also helps you to rise up to the occasion and meet the challenges that you face in your daily life such as being focused during work presentations or sharpening your attention during sports such as free throw as well as driving you to revise for exams when you would rather watch television or surf the net.
It is helpful only to a certain extent, beyond which it becomes harmful to your health. It disrupts your normal function by affecting your productivity. Your mood, relationships as well as the quality of your life is also affected. Being overwhelmed or feeling frazzled is a normal part of life.
However, if you find yourself being in such a state more often than normal, you must take the necessary measures. This helps to bring back your nervous system into balance. Protecting yourself from triggers is key to getting back to a state of equilibrium.
Another key measure is improving both how you think as well as feel and taking note of the signs and symptoms of stress, especially when it gets to the level when it is chronic, and taking the necessary measures to manage stress in order to reduce the harmful effects it causes.