Can we change our health by better dealing with stress?
It seems like the word ‘stress’ is bandied about everywhere these days. So many people complain about feeling under pressure, about feeling frustrated all the time, about struggling to cope with the demands made on them.
And that really is what stress is about: a perception of not having sufficient resources to meet demands. These resources can be anything from finances, skills and materials, to time, energy, and support. Regardless of the specific nature of your circumstances and the exact causes of stress, stress can be a debilitating phenomenon.
Is Stress a Dominant Factor in Your Life?
Causes of stress are referred to as stressors. Stressors can broadly be defined as any factors that force you to adjust in some way, or place high demands on you. Some stressors are negative, such as relationship difficulties and perpetual anxiety. However, some positive factors in your life could also function as stressors. Some examples include moving, buying a house, having children, and being a perfectionist.
In general, stressors fall under two categories: internal and external. Internal stressors are things such as viewing things from a negative perspective which creates pessimism, anxiety and a negative self-image. External stressors include things like work, difficult relationships, financial concerns, and busy schedules.
Additional stressors are things from our environment such as radiation, toxins in the air and chemtrails. The common denominator is that we create a thought in our mind and that thought takes over and consumes us , always with a negative belief or fear attached to it.
Both internal and external stressors are responsible for causing a wide range of signs and symptoms.
Just What are the Real Signs of Stress?
Stress affects us in different ways. It can be manifested in physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. Importantly, stress can also affect the systems, organs and tissues in your body. Therefore, stress symptoms range from eating too much or not eating enough to headaches to social isolation, from chest pains to impulse buying.
The exact signs of stress that you display will be determined by the specific causes of stress, your circumstances and environment, and your own physiological and psychological profile. Thus, it is veritably impossible to compile an exhaustive list of all the possible stress symptoms that you might experience, although very comprehensive lists are widely available.
Is Stress Always a Bad Thing?
It’s true that the modern lifestyle seems to involve constant complaints about stress. But is stress always a bad thing? Definitely not. Here’s why…
Stress is actually a natural response that is designed to help us. It’s your body’s defense mechanism for when it feels threatened or in danger. In small doses, stress enables you to remain focused and alert. This can be helpful in all sorts of contexts. If you are driving and need to react quickly to avoid an accident, stress can provide you with the focus and energy to respond in time.
Stress is a great motivator and can drive you to meet challenges. It can help you to maintain concentration during an important presentation, to prepare well for exams, to boost your athletic performance.
They key words here are: in small doses. Although our bodies need that stress response to boost our response and cope with life-threatening situations (fight or flight response), our bodies are not designed to be in a constant state of stress. And this is where the problem lies.
Constantly running in this emergency mode will take its toll on you. As we have established, stress can have a wide range of symptoms. Over time, it can cause serious health problems, from compromised heart health to anxiety and depression. It can even cause a complete shutdown of the adrenal glands. The problems with long-term stress can be traced back to the relationship between cortisol and stress.
Cortisol is one of the hormones that are flooded into your system during periods of stress to help you cope with life-threatening emergencies. Unfortunately our bodies are unable to distinguish between life-and-death emergencies and more common day-to-day stressors. It will respond in the same way, releasing additional adrenaline and cortisol into your system. So constant stress means highly elevated levels of cortisol all the time.
Cortisol affects your blood glucose levels as well as your immune, digestive, and reproductive systems. This response is designed to help your body cope in the face of an immediate threat, but is detrimental to your health if it is sustained over a long period of time.
Coping with Stress Enables You to Enjoy Better Health
Unfortunately, stress seems to be a prevalent factor in today’s world. So to say that the answer is to eliminate all stressors is unrealistic. And perhaps you don’t want to, because you want to have a career and a family and a social life, hobbies and interests. Even if you did want to get rid of some stressors, that might be beyond your control. So what’s the answer?
The answer is to learn how to better cope with the stressors that are present in your life. Firstly, you need to identify all those factors in your life that are causing a stress response. Then, you need to assess the way in which your mind and body respond to stress.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get sufficient sleep.
- Practice yoga, meditation, or other relaxation techniques.
- Develop a reliable support network of friends and family. Stress can be released just by talking about it.
- Learn effective strategies to cope with your specific stressors.
- Seek professional medical, psychiatric or psychological help for specific symptoms.
- Consider investigating a whole new approach to the way you ‘perceive’ your Life. Learning to ‘Reframe’ everything will change everything. For more information on this visit; www.ultimateresultsacademy.com
It seems that stress is here to stay. However, our bodies are not designed to work this way. Constant stress leads to severely compromised health and has a negative impact on all aspects of our lives.
The best bet, therefore, is to learn how best to manage the stress in your life. Identify techniques that empower you to cope better, and incorporate them into your daily practices. Stress is a threat, but you don’t have to be a victim.