Dealing With Stress in Everyday Life
I think it is time to talk about the “S” word -STRESS!
Before we do, let’s really define what it is!
Stress is a physiological response, created by the body, whenever we are exposed to different types of demands or pressures in life! Life demands can be environmental, physical, financial, relational, mental, or emotional. Contrary to popular belief, stress is not just about the pressures from the adversities we face, we can also experience stress with positive situations that bring us excitement. What you really need to understand about stress is that it is apart of life, it just comes with the life territory.
Whenever something takes place in our lives (whether it is something unwanted, new or totally unexpected) you and I will experience stress in our body. Your body is going to release specific chemicals into your bloodstream, as a response to whatever is going on in your life.
The upside of stress is that these chemicals can be very useful, as they give you a boost of energy and provide you with the strength you need to take on the challenge or to navigate the new terrain you are stepping into. This is really helpful if you have to take on a physical challenge that requires you to do things with your body, that you are not used to doing every day. However, when you are dealing with emotional stress, it can cause a negative effect on your body. Since there is no outlet for releasing that extra boost of energy and strength. Therefore, stress can contribute to different types of emotional or physical responses. Because we are all different and our bodies respond differently to whatever is happening in our lives.
Types and Causes of Stress
Bottom line is that whether we like it or not stress is a part of our everyday life. You can experience stress in the grocery store, sitting in traffic, at work or school, anyplace where you are forced to deal with people, life and environments. The type and level of stress you experience will be closely related to whatever is causing it. Your physical body is closely connected to your emotional and mental state, you will notice some connection to their effects when you begin to experience stress. This is also the reason why it is important to combat the cause of stress since it affects several vital aspects of your body in order to function.
Here are some of the most common sources of stress that must be dealt with on an everyday basis.
There are times when you constantly worry about certain events without having enough control to determine its outcome. Internal stress is also one of those kinds of stress that needs to be addressed quickly. Most of the source of stress is rooted in the mind, which makes it difficult to manage and entails more work to get rid of. Oftentimes, people suffering from inner stress subconsciously position themselves in stressful situations or feel stressed out about things that aren’t stressful to begin with.
This type of stress deals with the danger, mostly physical, that an individual is subjected to. It can be prompted by an attack made by either human or animal that could potentially hurt you in the process. Therefore, your body releases this burst of energy that you need to utilize to respond quickly about the situation at hand whether to confront it or escape from it.
This type of stress is your body’s way of responding to changes or activities in your environment that could produce stress, such as extreme levels of noise or pressure from work. As compared to the other types of stress already mentioned above, this one is a lot easier to deal with. The best way to get started managing this stress type is to determine the source. Once you have identified the source of environmental stress, find a way to avoid them.
Stress Due To Work and Fatigue
Another common type of stress and probably the most prevalent. This one though does not happen in an instant, but rather builds up over time. When you are spending too much time working or forced to deal with excessive amount of work, then it can take its toll on your body. To deal with work stress, you need to make sure you have enough rest and relaxation in between so your body can recover from the tremendous amount of work. There are relaxation methods that you can apply in order to find relief from stress. I will talk about these methods in my next blog!