What Is Stress-Definition And Symptoms 

These days some people have started accepting that stress is a normal part of their lives or they wrongly presume that it is something that is not under their control. The harsh reality is, that stress is dangerous and excessive stress is not a normal part of life.

A little bit of stress in certain situations can help to motivate you and improve your performance levels in certain situations, it can give you a bit of drive and determination to change and handle challenges so you can move forward.

However stress can only be beneficial when it is used in controlled and short burst where once it has served it's what should be short duration you should be able to quickly return back to your natural calm and resting state. 

Stress is part of the survival and fear network and it is a vital process to help protect you in a real life dangerous situation by giving you a short burst of energy so you could defend yourself or escape a threatening situation.

Then once you had burned off all that extra energy either by fighting off your attacker or sprinting away you would use up all that access energy and you would quickly return back to your natural and healthy resting state. 

Your not supposed to be stuck in the stress state for long periods of time, however because in modern day life people's stressors are not threatening they don't burn off all that extra energy and adrenaline so it accumulates in the body and they never switchback over to the calm state. 

This cause people to get stuck in the stress and hypertension state which causes them to become more frustrated, irritated and more prone to react stress fully to outside situations and circumstances. 

After a while your stress will become a bigger enemy than the actual none threatening situations that your reacting with stress to in your outer reality and day to day life. 

Stress causes tension in your mind a body and constant tension in your mind and body will become the biggest enemy you will ever have to face and it will become a far greater challenge to you than the actual situations themselves.

The problem starts when stress becomes out of control and an everyday way of living which you just accept and do nothing about it. If you leave stress to accumulate and you ignore your natural necessity to relax then before long prolonged periods of stress can manifest itself into serious emotional and physical damage to your well-being and your body.

What Causes Stress

There are many causes of stress, to briefly define stress, it is when you are out of control and balance. The feelings of stress are often brought on by mental worry or by situations and events that occur which are not planned but they cause you to respond stressfully causing disharmony in your body.

Stress is a physical and chemical response to either an outside situation or circumstance or a physical response to your imagination and your perceptions.

Stress can also arise from boredom due to lack of stimulation in people's life's especially house wives. those who are unemployed and people who do mundane and repetitive jobs. Sometimes when we are not stimulating the mind then the brain will tend to focus its attention on current worries and problems.

Working to hard or setting unrealistic deadlines also causes stress.  Mental and physical exhaustion or too much negativity eventually upsets your endocrine system, the endocrine system is made of a series of glands that produce chemicals called hormones.

Many of us are living a pressure cooker life style we are in an era of fast and rapid change there are a lot more daily demands which we are constantly having to adapt to, unfortunately our bodies have not moved along with the times and they have not adapted to this new hectic way of living.  

You not live your life in the fast track, we need to stop responding bad to trivial things, stop doing to much because overworking, not having enough rest and relaxation, focusing on things going wrong all the time causes stress and burn out. 

Stress is caused through many different things, such as how we react under pressure and the challenges we have to face and we have learned to respond to certain situations. 

Other causes can be worrying about the future or allowing the past to control your now, other causes are learned habitual patterns of behaviour, unattainable or unrealistic goals, inpatients, bad experiences, an urge to rush a hurry things.

Stress blocks off our creativity, it puts us in a narrow focus of attention and it blocks our learning abilities.

"There are no stressful experiences only stressful responses" and our stressful responses become habitual and until we reverse the learned stressful responses then the pattern of behaviour will just continue. 

According to a recent Health and Safety Executive report, 6.5 million sick days are being taken each year in the United Kingdom due to stress and stress related illnesses, and if you listen to the news stress related problems are on the increase.

What Is Stress 

To briefly define stress, it is when you are out of control and balance. Stress is part of the fight or flight process which is the body's response to a challenge or a threat both physical and mental. 

Stress involves a complex chain of physical and biochemical changes within the mind and body including the nervous system and a number of stress hormones.

When we have to face a perceived challenge our body goes on full alert, it does not matter whether the threat is real or just a threat to our ego the response is still the same. 

Everybody has the capacity to summon up the energy reserves which they have at their disposal to respond to any necessary challenge. If the brain perceives a threat or challenge whether it is real or imagined it signals a response which triggers a physical and chemical reaction within the body.

Adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol is released into our blood stream, our heart rate and blood pressure increases, blood and increased oxygen is pumped to our major muscles to give us extra fuel and more strength, our digestive system slows down and our muscles become tense. The stress response is part of the automatic nervous system (ANS). 

The ANS is responsible for keeping our heat beating, controlling our breathing and regulating the optimum blood and oxygen flow around our body to ensure everything functions efficiently.

There are two main branches of the ANS nervous system, the one which is involved with stress is the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which activates the fight or flight response and the physical and chemical changes which are triggered when we face a challenge. People who are stressed for long periods are spending to much time in the SNS state.

The other which is the opposite response to stress and the state which we should aim to be in more often is the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is the rest and relaxed state.

Symptoms of stress 

Stress is a feeling of feeling emotionally and physically overwhelm and out of control, during periods of high levels of stress you will normally experience tension in the mind and body.

Some of the mental symptoms of stress are

  • Anxiety  
  • Worrying mind 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Fear 
  • Insomnia 
  • Depression 
  • Feeling irritable 
  • Frustration 
  • Mental Fatigue 
  • Nervousness

Some of the physical symptoms of stress can include 

  • Weight loss/gain 
  • Tension in the body and muscle stiffness
  • Temporary hypertension 
  • Blushing and sweating 
  • Irritable bowel 
  • Heart related problems 
  • Hormonal imbalance 
  • Tiredness 
  • Premature aging 
  • Increases the risk of srokes

Other risk of to much stress 

We all know that stress can manifest itself into many illnesses and diseases so with that in mind it is important to reduce your stress and keep it down to the minimum. 

It is is the underlying contributor for drug and alcohol addictions some hair loss problems, weight gain, comfort eating and OCD. 

Stress can knock your self-esteem and confidence, it will upsets your generally well-being and your ability to function efficiently and perform tasks well. It is the biggest energy drainer and it plays havoc with your body and immune system because it depletes your energy levels.  

It makes you less intelligent, slower, sicker and weaker, it can also cause obesity and emotional eating. You might think you need to work excessive hours to pay for your bills, but working long hours is not always a good idea.

The health effects of stress can lead to higher medical bills and more medication. It maybe far better to find better ways to make some extra money which does not require to much physical exertions.

Why the medical profession has trouble in dealing with people's stress is because what might be stressful to one person might not be a problem to someone else and everybody's circumstances are different, medication can help to treat the symptoms but you need to go further and tackle the root source of it. 

We all suffer with stress at times throughout our lives, it is estimated that over 50 per cent of the reason why most people see their doctor is down too stress related issues the big problem is the majority have no idea of how to deal with it.and this is why it is known as the silent killer.

It is also now believed that mid-life stress can cause the onset of dementia. Stress is a killer, but the good news if you deal with your stress then you will live a longer life because most diseases cannot survive in a stress free body.

 

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