“Stress is not negative. It is for a purpose. It makes us get out of our comfort zone to achieve something”.
Stress is nothing but any type of change that causes emotional, physical or psychological strain. Stress is something that requires attention or action by your body.
“The way you respond to stress makes a big impact on your overall well being”.
When stress is created by undesired outcomes then it becomes “Distress” and when stress is created by desirable and successful effects it is called “Eustress”.
It is wholly dependent on us whether we make it distress or eustress.
Psychologically you are giving a positive connotation to one thing and negative connotations to others.
Some common signs of stress include :-
Whether you are “anxious” or “excited”, the body responds in the same way.
How to identify if you are stressed out?
Stress is not always easily identified but there are ways to recognise some signs that you are taking way too much pressure!
• Psychological signs – It includes difficulties in concentrating, worrying too much, anxiety and trouble remembering.
• Emotional signs – This includes being angry, moody, irritated or frustrated.
• Physical signs – It includes high blood pressure, changes in weight, frequent cold or infections (apart from COVID-19!), changes in menstrual cycle and libido.
• Behavioural signs – This includes poor self-care, not relying on things you enjoy, taking drugs.
What is the beauty of stress?
“Not all types of stress are harmful or even negative”.
Eustress – Eustress is fun and exciting! It is known as a positive type of stress that can keep you energised. It is associated with a surge in adrenaline. Like when you are skydiving, meeting your partner for the first time or chasing a deadline.
Some of the other type you might experience includes :-
• Acute stress – This is a very short-term type of stress. It can be either positive or more distressing. We usually encounter this type of stress in our day-to-day activities.
• Chronic stress – Chronic stress is the type of stress that seems never ending! Like a bad marriage or abusive parents or highly taxing job.
• Episodic acute stress – Episodic acute stress is acute stress that seems to run rampant and be a way of life, creating a life of ongoing distress.
Does stress lead to diseases and disorders?
• Stress takes an emotional toll.
• Prolonged stress may lead to burnout, anxiety disorders or depression.
• Chronic stress automatically overactives your nervous system which can damage your body.
• When we are stressed adrenaline and cortisol is released from the body this causes your heart to beat 10x faster in turn it releases sugar which your body can’t digest so there might be stroke, cardiac arrest or diabetes.
How to cope and overcome stress?
• Profound Breathing.
• Eat Well.
• Slow Down.
• Loosen up Your Muscles. At the point when you’re pushed, your muscles get tense.
• Enjoy a Reprieve.
• Dance like no one is watching.
• Sing your heart out (not literally of course)
I hope this article helps you in recognising stress and makes necessary changes to live a more happy and successful life!