Stress is most of the times seen as a negative occurrence in one’s life, but stress is just a physical response.
Stress response is the ability of the body system to defend itself, the fight or flight reaction which is experienced during stress is occasioned by a hormone known as adrenalin, adrenalin can help a person stay alert, focused and energetic.
These behaviors that follows the release of adrenalin can be beneficial, however too much stress can become harmful and can cause damage to a persons mental and physical states.
Stress could be acute or chronic depending on the situation one finds him or her self, chronic stress is caused mostly when the body is exposed to appreciable amount of psychological and physical threats.
The body system does not differentiate between extreme or moderate stress, this means that no matter how small a physical or psychological stress is, it can result to stress.
Symptoms of stress include
- Muscle tension
- Change in eating habit
- Stomach upset
- Mood changes
It is of utmost importance that every individual understand their stress threshold (the amount of stress one can handle) .
Factors that influence the ability to manage stress includes
- A persons ability to deal with emotions
- Preparing towards stress inducing circumstances
- A persons attitude
- A persons physical health and nutritional status
- Level of fitness
- Sleeping habits
These reasons are some of the reasons why some people are tolerant to stress and some others are not.
It is important that individuals consider the way in which they react to stress ,some individuals react by freezing up and becoming internally agitated while some become outwardly agitated and may become volatile, while others may become withdrawn as a result show little or no emotion.
It is important to note that understanding personal stress triggers and individual reaction are important keys in coping with stress.
Strategies for managing stress includes
- Avoiding unnecessary stress
- Adapting to and accepting ones environment
- Changing one’s situation or environment
- Scheduling time for personal leisure and relaxation
- Improving one’s fitness level
Try as much as possible to stay healthy, eat healthy and stay away from stress.