Stress is something that plagues all of us from time to time. It can make us irritable, make it difficult to sleep at night, and even intrude into our relaxing thoughts and activities. There’s no way to completely get rid of stress. However, there are effective ways to manage it, minimize its impact, and effectively relax so that we can go about our lives refreshed and energized.
In this article, we will take a look at what causes stress, the long term ramifications of high levels of stress, and preventative measures and stress management for any lifestyle using a personalized stress management routine.
What is Stress?
The term ‘stress’ was originally coined by Hans Selye in 1936. Selye observed that animals could develop physical diseases from experiencing long term acute stress. Since it covers both psychological and physiological symptoms, stress has taken on a wide meaning to accommodate most negative experiences stemming from a limitation of personal resources.
Stress is the body’s natural reaction to changes and how we react to them. This means that when we encounter a change in our lives that requires us to adjust what we’re doing, we feel symptoms of stress.
Additionally, stress can be identified as an imbalance between the demands that are made on us and the resources that we have to satisfy these demands, causing us to feel overwhelmed. In this case, someone might feel stress if they feel they have to do something that they are afraid they will fail at.
It’s natural and unavoidable to experience and react to stress. We can manifest these reactions physically, emotionally, and mentally. While stress is normal, we are all different when it comes to what exactly causes us stress. Something that stresses you out may not bother your partner and vice versa.
Sometimes these reactions are positive which sharpens our mental acuity, alertness, and physical performance. This is because stress releases adrenaline that helps us to avoid dangers.
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