Stress is a part of every individual’s daily living. Everyday, we are faced with different life situations and circumstances that must be handled efficiently. Of course, that includes all the predicaments that we have to cope with day by day. Imagine all the pressures and demands that we have to go through each passing day… Does it ever cross your mind how we are able to survive all of those difficult situations?
Well, that’s because our bodies have various defenses against stress. We have innate adaptation responses that work whenever triggered by certain stressors. Sources of stress can be internal or external. Internal factors involve personal matters like the body’s well-being, emotional stability, nutritional status, or the amount of sleep or rest you undertake. On the other hand external stressors are the ones that are brought about by outside forces such as our relationship with others, job-related issues, family crisis, physical environment, and all other concerns that we have to deal with.
Actually, all of us have the very same natural responses to stress. However, every individual has different coping mechanisms in order to manage them. Thus, some may be able to take it in a positive way, while others see stress as very destructive. Indeed there are many reported instances of unmanaged stress and its producing serious negative effects. How do we really know that stress is poorly managed? What are those certain alarming stress symptoms that we have to become aware of in order to spot that stressors already starting to affects us?
Ineffectively managed stress can be manifested in various ways. Stress symptoms may be exhibited diversely in every person. Physical, emotional, social interaction or behavioral changes may be observed. Generally, people that are undergoing unwarranted stress experience physical disturbances such as headache, exhaustion, muscle tension or weakness, sleep instability and gastrointestinal sickness. Emotionally or behaviorally, there may be presence of anxiety, nervousness, alteration in eating habits such as binging or anorexia, mood swings, decreased libido and lack of vigor. It has also been noted that stressed individuals are more prone to engage in unhealthful activities such as cigarette smoking, prohibited drugs and substances abuse, as well as excessive intake of alcoholic beverages. These stress symptoms may be minor problems, yet if left unmanaged, may lead to grave health and mental conditions.
Stress influences people from all walks of life and all ages. Even small children have stressors in their own being. There are several ways to deal with stress successfully. Here are some helpful techniques that might just aid in coping up with stress. But remember to seek further medical advice if stress symptoms get worse.
- RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
- HAVE A BREAK
- CRAFT A STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT
- AVOID DRUGS AND ALCOHOL USE