Stress. What causes stress? Symptoms and relief

   It’s not a secret, everyone has to cope with stress at least several times per month. Problems at work, kids, misunderstanding with parents and friends. These and even more reasons can cause stress. But how protect yourself from such unpleasant disease?

Stress

 

   Stress is a normal human experience. It is a natural reaction to potentially dangerous situations. When you perceive a threat or a serious challenge, chemicals and hormones surge throughout your body. Too much constant stress can have negative effects on your long-term health. Fortunately, stress isn’t a bad thing all the time. For example, your wedding day or some other “huge day” of your life is a good form of stress. It won’t impact your health in harmful ways. On the other hand, prolonged stress can be extremely harmful for your health!

 

Types of stress

   There are several different types of stress. Each has its own characteristics, symptoms, duration, and treatment approaches. Let’s look at each one.

Acute stress

 

   It is one of the most popular and common types of stress. Several research studies show that 45% of people cope with acute stress. Fortunately, acute stress symptoms are recognized by most people. It’s the kind of stress you might feel when you escape a car accident. Acute stress may be caused by such routine everyday things like the loss of an important contract, a child’s occasional problems at school, problems at work, petty quarrels with family, and so on. Luckily, it is highly treatable and manageable. Moreover, it is less harmful for your health than the other types of stress.

Episodic acute stress

   Episodic acute stress is when you have frequent periods of acute stress. Do you often feel anxious and worried about things you suspect may happen?It is likely that you have experienced episodic acute stress. People who have episodic acute stress are always in a hurry. They tend to be abrupt, and sometimes their irritability comes across as hostility.  The symptoms of episodic acute stress are headaches and migraines, hypertension, chest pain, and heart disease. Treating episodic acute stress has different levels and steps which generally require professional help. The treatment may take a few months.

Chronic stress

   If acute stress can be exciting and in most ways good, chronic stress is not. Chronic stress destroys bodies, minds, and lives. When does chronic stress come? When a person never sees a way out of a miserable situation. Some chronic stresses stem from traumatic, early childhood experiences. The worst aspect of chronic stress is that people get used to it. They don’t even recognize it, therefore they don’t treat it the right way. It may contribute to anxiety and depression. Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system are also common. Chronic stress can also lead to sleep difficulties.

Stress symptoms

 

   Did you know that 80 percent of Americans experience at least one symptom of stress? Twenty percent reported being under extreme stress in the past month.  So, let’s figure out the most common symptoms of stress. If you are under stress you may deal with chronic pain, or sleep problems like insomnia. Also you may experience digestive problems, overeating, or lack of appetite. Moreover you may notice difficulty concentrating and making decisions as well as fatigue. You may feel overwhelmed, irritable, or fearful. You may be drinking or smoking more than you used to.

 

 

Stress relief. Stress management

   In order to manage your stress, first you have to identify the things that cause you stress. Figure out which of these things can be avoided. Then, find ways to cope with those negative stressors that can’t be avoided.
  Sure, stress is a normal part of life. But, too much of it is clearly harmful to your physical and mental well-being. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage stress. Nowadays, it is possible to get effective treatments for both anxiety and depression that may be connected with it.

 Here are some useful ways to start managing stress:

  1. Start leading a healthier lifestyle;
  2. Sleep at least 7-8 hours each night;

  3. Start exercising or playing sports regularly;
  4. Minimize your use of caffeine;
  5. Avoid drinking alcohol;
  6. Stay socially connected;
  7. Always set aside time for rest and relaxation;
  8. Learn meditation techniques such as deep breathing;
  9. Start to attend yoga classes (it is extremely useful and may help you calm down and relax).

Take care!

Your Geniani team!