Stress affects us all. In today’s time, our life is full of hassles, deadlines and demands. For many people, they experience stress on a daily basis that it becomes a normal feeling and has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. Sometimes, when you are stressed, it can help you perform under pressure and motivates you to do your best. When your body is in an emergency mode, you can expect it to function despite the demands of your work and personal life but when you experience it more often; your body will have to pay the price. In large doses, stress can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health.
What Is Stress?
Stress is a normal part of life but experiencing it regularly isn’t healthy at all. So, what is stress? Why do you experience it? This normal physical response to events makes you feel threatened or somehow makes you vulnerable. The moment that your body senses some danger, it will automatically defense itself and will show some stress response known as “flight or fight”. Stress is your body’s way of protecting you. When working, it helps you stay focused and energetic. During emergency situations, it can save your life. It also helps you meet challenges and deal with stiff deadlines. For example, during an exam, stress can help you get that notebook and study instead of watching your favorite television show.
However, there will come a time when stress will not be of help anymore but instead, it becomes destructive. It starts to cause major damage to your health, work, your mood and your relationship. To put it simply – stress can affect your quality of life. Once you are stressed, you don’t have full control over your emotions. You become irritated, moody and impatient. Do you know what’s the worst thing about experiencing stress? It can affect your physical health. There are a lot of health conditions that can be related to stress.
Moreover, stress becomes more harmful to a human body when people start to use cigarette, drugs and alcohol to alleviate stress. Many people claimed that when they are smoking or drinking, they can release their stress. Unfortunately, this is not true. Instead of relieving stress and returning your body into it’s relax state, these substances can keep your body in a stress state and will cause more problems.
So, if stress is not healthy, how does one should alleviate stress? How do you respond to stress? Before stress can burn you out, you need to recognize your stress levels. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if you already have high levels of stress because being stress might sometimes feel familiar and normal. Most people don’t even notice its effect on them. Before stress can control your life, learn how to manage it. You might not completely eliminate stress but you can definitely can control how much it affects you by taking care of your thoughts, your emotions, your problems and your environment. Stress is good – as long as you have the confidence to face challenges and you have the ability to bring yourself back into balance.