What is stress?

  • Stress is a common phenomenon in our day-to-day lives that arise from the inability to handle pressure. Different individuals respond to stress in a uniquely different way because of their upbringing, weather changes, and differences in their culture among others. This type of pressure can be positive or negative depending on the effects it has on the person experiencing it. Prolonged stress predisposes the person to a myriad of health complications that include heart disease, hypertension, obesity as well as diabetes. On the other hand, pressure can be used as a motivation to encourage the person to realize tremendous success than in a typical environment.
  • Overwhelmingly many life pressures can be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of an individual. There is a need to develop strategies to overcome the deleterious effects of stress, critical among them being self-awareness. Individuals must comprehend who they concern their personalities, lifestyles, as well as the degree to which they can tolerate any form of pressure. A person’s response to stress will with no doubt be different from that of another because we have not been brought up in the same manner.
  • There are those that are stressed in social interaction while others depend on mental stimulation o release themselves from the negative consequences of pressure.The human body is designed to operate as though it were a scientific instrument since it can detect both internal and external factors that are could adversely affect normal functioning. This is made possible due to the connectedness (electromagnetic) of the critical body systems such as the endocrine, nervous and the brain. The connectedness of these organs makes it easy for signals to be sent from one to the other. The electromagnetic field is controlled by the human mind; thus, our ability to overcome the adverse effects of stress or pressures of life.
  • Human beings are also known as psycho-physiological beings, a concept that refers to the intrinsic connection of the mind to the physiology and the physical manifestation. Everything in the life of a person starts in mind, and then the rest follows.Too much pressure in the environment makes it impossible for the human body to achieve optimal functioning. Researchers have identified medication and visualization as perfect tools for managing stress. A mind that is relaxed is capable of releasing endorphins (neurochemicals) which alter the rhythms within the body. The chemicals are only released in an exercised body, allowing enough levels of oxygen to reach the brain. This way, the secreted endorphins enhance the balancing of the pressure of the body and therefore alleviate the debilitating symptoms.
  • It should be noted that the negative symptoms of life-pressure lessen gradually and can reoccur when the person fails to engage in activities that enable the brain to secrete endorphins. Furthermore, individuals should be encouraged to maintain a positive self-image and try as much as possible to stay away from environments that will only worsen their already distorted mind.Stress in individuals is manifested in different ways. The typical effects of anxiety attacks include the following but are not limited to palpitations, diarrhoea, migraines and headaches, indigestion, loss of hair as well as being easily frustrated. Most physicians have resorted to using pharmacologic interventions such as sleeping tablets and pain relievers, but the symptoms do not recede. Individuals suffering from stress require a more comprehensive approach that would enable them to reach a deeper level and balance their energy for a sustained period.
  • The problem with pharmacological interventions is the fact that they provide what is termed as symptomatic relief.The providers of care must strive to enable an individual to attain a balance in life. A balanced life is a prerequisite towards a happy life that is free of stress or any negative thoughts — some of the integral aspects of life that are adversely affected by distress caring for others, listening, touching as well as receiving or giving life. It is imperative for one to have friends with whom they can share out their deeply held thoughts and feelings to achieve relaxation.
  • A typical home environment should avail all the conditions that limit stress and, in the process, enable live their lives to the fullest. The same can be said of the work environment where people spend most of their active hours during the day or night depending on their shifts. A stressful environment would make one never to achieve the goals and aspirations of the organization.The home environment should ideally encourage the growth of all aspects of life that include physical, psychological and spiritual. An individual should seek counselling services should they find the home is not supportive enough to overcome the negative symptoms of stress. Similarly, the working environment can contribute to significant levels of stress, especially when working under people that are less understanding. Individuals should find ways of adjusting to the demands of the workplace so that they can achieve their highest aspirations. They can do this by avoiding confrontations with co-workers or the senior team of management.Some other evidence-based interventions that can be utilized to overcome the effects of stress include engaging in creative play such as sporting activities, deep relaxation, and medication. Participation in religious and religious practices has also been found to relieve the body of an incredible amount of mental frustration.
  • Worth to note also is balanced nutrition is pivotal in managing stress, mainly because the body and mind use a lot of energy when one is under pressure. As it can be seen, the management of stress is, and other aspects are unexplored. Individuals should focus on their diet, exercise, self-awareness, and knowledge of their personality. The hormone adrenaline plays a significant role in the development of stress, primarily by increasing the flow of blood in the organs. Adrenaline affects nearly all body organs that include the skin, lungs, heart, liver, digestive system, muscles, and the bladder.
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