Stress affects our body in the same way as the food we eat. It can be defined as a state manifested by a specific syndrome that consist of all the non-specifically induced changes within a biological system. Any condition that harms the body or cells damages or causes the death of a few or many cells is termed as stress.
It is an unavoidable consequence of life. The body tries to repair the damaged cells but sometimes the rebuilding of cells is not able to keep co-ordination with the destruction as a result the condition of stress occurs. Many diseases are associated with stress and they are heart disease, diabetes, headache and peptic ulcer. Other diseases resulting from stress are ulcerative colitis, chronic dyspepsia, asthma, psoriasis and sexual disorders.
Symptoms of Stress
Stress attacks literally every part of your body. It can cause you to have memory problems, be confused and impede your ability to concentrate. It can also cause you to be moody, restless and even angry. Depression is a symptom of stress as well as a risk of stress, as is anxiety and anxiety disorders.
It can cause you to over eat or under eat, cause insomnia or fatigue where you feel that you need to sleep all the time. You can get headaches, back aches, muscle tension and pain, digestive problems, chest pain, high blood pressure, skin problems and decreased sex drive. The list is extensive, but many health problems can be traced to stress in some way or another. But it is important that you are able to recognize the symptoms of stress because the dangers of stress can be devastating.
Causes of Stress
The causes of stress are as numerous and as varied as the people who suffer from it. Job pressure, debt, major changes in your life can all create stress. There is really no set cause for everyone, it is more about each individual's perceptions of events and how they react to various things in their environment. When someone perceives something as a threat they can become stressed. This may be a physical threat, financial or well being and this goes hand in hand with two other causes of stress which are fear and uncertainty.
There are many things that can happen in our daily lives that can create stress. The death of a loved one, health problems, divorce, marriage, new baby, and the ups and downs of raising kids can all contribute to your level of stress. People who are victims of crime, have sexual problems or who have substance abuse issues can all experience stress. Changing schools, jobs or moving to a new house or town can also be stressful. It just depends on the person because what causes stress in one person may not cause stress in someone else. What is more important is being able to recognize the symptoms of stress.
Stress Reduction Techniques
There are ways to manage stress and reduce it, thereby reducing your risks of certain health conditions.
Maintain a Healthy Diet - A healthy diet that includes fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and lean meats can do wonders for your body's ability to handle stress. Avoid the commercially processed foods and canned foods, they are high in sodium and have additives that are not conducive to overall good health.
Get Plenty of Rest - Sleep allows your body to rest and recharge so you need to get as much sleep as your body needs. This may mean eight hours for some people, more for others and even less for some people. Listen to your body to determine how much sleep you need, and then do it.
Take a Break - Don't push yourself. If you get tired or frustrated, take a break. Go for a walk, go outside, at least walk away. This is particularly important if you are on a job, especially if it is a high pressure job. Learn to take a break now and then. Burnout causes great stress.
Don't Try to do it All - Don't try to take on everything, learn to delegate. There is nothing wrong with not being able to handle everything. You should not expect to do it so don't put that kind of pressure on yourself. You may need to learn how to say no now and then, but you will feel better in the long run.
Take a Class - Enroll in a yoga class. Yoga can help you focus, find balance, be peaceful and relax. It is a great stress reliever.
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