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Stress is a natural part of life. The expressions are familiar to us, "I'm stressed out," "I'm under too much stress," or "Work is one big stress."

Stress is hard to define because it means different things to different people; however, it's clear that most stress is a negative feeling rather than a positive feeling.

Stress can be both physical and mental

Stress may manifest itself through physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and muscle pains. These symptoms generally result from having too much to do, not getting enough sleep, having poor dietary habits, or situational life events. Not surprisingly, stress also has a cognitive component which frequently results in feelings of anxiety, dread, fear, and a sense of being out of control.

Much of our stress comes from everyday life events. In response to these daily strains our bodies automatically increase blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and blood flow to our muscles. This automatic response in our sympathetic nervous system is intended to help our bodies react quickly and effectively to high-pressure situations. However, if our bodies are forced to react to these situations on a continual basis, “stress” will result and can begin to threaten our health and well-being.

How do I know if I am suffering from stress?

Each person handles stress differently. Events that may be stressful to some are easily managed by others and vice versa. This does not indicate a deficiency in either person, but instead one of the many differences in how our bodies function from person to person. The key to understanding stress is to determine your personal tolerance levels for stressful situations.

If you begin to notice that are suffering from physical symptoms such as insomnia, backaches, headaches, or high blood pressure on a regular basis, you may be suffering from stress. Similarly, if you notice that you feel “out of control”, constantly irritable, or lack a general peace of mind, you might also be dealing with the effects of having too much stress in your life.

Other Useful Links regarding Stress

  • Tips for Reducing or Controlling Stress
  • Where to get help with Stress?
 
     
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