Stress is sometimes described as the “fight or flight” response: the body prepares for running or fighting, and the muscles, lungs, heart, and brain gear up for action. Breathing is quicker, heartbeat gets laster, and blood pressure goes up. The cause of stress need not be a physical threat, but our bodies have this physical reaction to any pressure around us. Stress is a normal part of life. It may be caused by work, relationships, surroundings (such as noise, bad housing, or traffic), or any number of other factors.
A little stress can give you energy and keep your mind alert. It keeps you “alive.” But there is no such thing as the right level for everyone. We all differ, so the right amount of stress for one person could be too much for another. Too much stress for too long can lead to mental and physical exhaustion and illness. Panic attacks are a common response to longterm stress.
Symptoms of stress may include aching and tense muscles, diarrhea, constipation, asthma, migraines, skin problems, tiredness, insomnia, frequent colds, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, irritability, hostility, impatience, mood swings, and tearfulness. Difficulty in concentrating, smoking and drinking more, and never finishing anything are all signs of too long much stress having gone on too long.
Take positive steps to reduce the stress in your life. Try to avoid several major life changes at one time. Be good to yourself, eat well, have breaks, and do things you enjoy. Don’t set yourself unrealistic targets. All the treatments listed under anxiety are all relevant for stress too, and aerobic exercise for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a week in particular is also a powerful antidote to stress.
Relaxation Techniques The best stress treatments are those that help you to manage your stress levels yourself. Examples are yoga, meditation, and autogenic training where you learn specific relaxation exercises.
Biofeedback Stress-related conditions can be helped by recognizing how your body responds to stress. Treatment involves using a biofeedback machine and is normally given by a psychologist.
Talking Treatments Talking about your feelings to friends and family when under stress is important. However, if you want to understand your work and family situation better or get to the root of recurring problems, a qualified counselor or psychotherapist should be consulted.
Source by Robin Brain