COPING WITH STRESS
Welcome to 21st century were humans are fatigued by worries, needs and wants of life...it is no news that stress is on a predominant increase among all ages. Stress management becomes a basic issue in our present day society.
Each and every one of us experience stress in various forms, I guess at this point the question "Have i experienced stress and in what form have i been stressed out" runs through your mind.
Yes stress is on the increase in our dispensation and there are several predisposing factors attributing to this.
In small doses, stress can actually be beneficial to us. It is only when the stress becomes too great, affecting our physical or mental functioning, that it becomes a problem.
It's quite unfortunate that often times young people do think of stress management as out fashioned and a topic meant for the elderly. Little do we know that stress has led thousands to death just like other dreaded diseases known to the world.
It is worth noting that how you handle stress makes a big difference in how you feel. It might even help your blood pressure, blood sugar level, and the rest of you.
This article aims to address the underlying factors causing stress, its management and stress treatment.
Stress can be defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work etc, it can be something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety
Stress can be caused by any type of physical or emotional stimulus or situation. Often, people speak of different types of stress such as work stress, relationship stress, or parenting stress. Some kinds of stress may be related to specific stages of life such as aging, pregnancy, the teen years, or the menopausal transition.
Causes of Stress?
The following are Causes of stress:
- Social and financial problems
- Emotional, Relationships and marital problems
- Career problems
- Lack of support
Stress can affect a person emotionally and psychologically when this happens the individual suffers this initial symptoms:
- Excessive worry
- Internal pressure
- Changes in sleep patterns
When these emotional symptoms triggers it affects the individual outward appearance the affected individual may experience the following
- Irritable or angry.
- distracted and
When an individual stress level increases and prolongs over a period of time the individual may experience more severe emotional and physical symptoms such as;
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- Dizziness or flushing
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
- Heart racing
- Excessive fatigue
- Tremulousness or restlessness
- Hyperventilation or Choking sensation
Areas of the Body Affected by Stress
- Brain and nerves
- Muscles and joints
- Reproductive System
Coping with Stress and Relaxation Tehniques
Everyone reacts to stress differently. Each of us has a different level of pressure and anxiety, that we can handle without a bad outcome. Only you can assess your level of tolerance to stressful situations. The best treatment for stress is to prevent getting into situations that are likely to overwhelm your ability to cope. This is not always possible because the stressors may often come from outside sources that are beyond your control.
Whenever you experience the under listed symptoms its expected you consult a doctor or a counselor for help.
However there are several ways of coping with stress, you can help and save yourself from stress by doing the following:
- Always Try to wear Smile on your Face:
keeping a smile on your face – especially a genuine smile that’s formed by the muscles around your eyes as well as your mouth – reduces your body’s stress responses, even if you don’t feel happy. Smiling also helps lower heart rates faster once your stressful situation ends.
- Play Music
Music can help you calm down. Its proven, people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol when they listened music when stressed
- Chew Gums to keep your mind Busy:
Research has proven that chewing gum lowers anxiety and eases stress and the smell and taste help you to relax
- Write To keep yourself Busy
Jotting down your thoughts can be a great emotional outlet.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer pen and notebook, a phone app, or a file on your laptop. The important thing is that you’re honest about your feelings
- Confide or talk to a friend
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek out the company of a friend or loved one. Have a friend who’s dealing with the same worries as you? Even more reason to open up. You'll both feel less alone.
- Taking A deep Breath:
Sit comfortably in a quiet place. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting your chest and lower belly rise and your abdomen expand. Breathe out just as slowly, repeating a word or phrase that helps you relax. To reap the most benefit, repeat for at least 10 minutes.
- Hang out at intervals
Spending time outdoors, even close to home, is linked to better well-being. Even a few minutes can make a difference in how you feel.
- Engage yourself in sports
When you work up a sweat, you improve your mood, clear your head, and take a break from whatever is stressing you out. Whether you like a long walk or an intense workout at the gym, you’ll feel uplifted afterward.