What is stress? – Webster defines it as: Pressure or tension exerted on an object or person. A state of mention or emotional strain.
If you can’t define stress, how can you possibly measure it? And how can you keep the stress in your life at a low level?
The term “stress” was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.* Let’s face it. Most people don’t really like change, even if it’s a good change.
Let’s take a look at some of the beliefs and thoughts around stress.
Most of us know when we are stressed and even though it is manifested in different ways for different people, it is pretty obvious to us when we have arrived there. And of course, staying stressed is not what anyone wants in their life. Not to mention that it is not a healthy part of your diet. Stress raises your cortisol levels and when they are too high it has an impact on parts of your body. – The parts? – Your heart, colostral, sugar, tension headaches etc.
Here are some of the ways we can recognize Stress…
- Getting agitated
- Physical problems, i.e. stomach, headache, sweaty hands,
- Trouble focusing
- Trouble sleeping
- Eating foods that are not good for us
- Feeling loss of control
- Breathing problems
Ok, so we have given some examples of when we get stressed. But why are we stressing? What is the actual cause of stress?
PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES ABOUT WHAT IS STRESSING THEM!
Here in itself lies the problem… we respond to what you think the stress is.
It could be your thoughts, or a situation or another person and their actions. Regardless of how you are responding or reacting, once you identify WHAT the actual cause of stress is, it is then that you are able to control HOW you respond and minimize the stress levels.
We always have stress and stress levels. What may stress you out, maybe a no-brainer for others…but it’s REAL to you! Stress producer as opposed to a stress reducer – which sounds like a better deal?
Do you know what your stresses are?
Are you confused about what is REALLY stressing you?
Here are just a few relaxing tips you can use when stressed:
- Express your feeling
- Do something you love to do
- Mindfulness meditation
To manage stress we need to learn health strategies and techniques for short-term reduction.
Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby or a growing credit card bill. …
- Smile and laugh
- Get social support
There are times when, in addition to the tips above, it is important to seek professional help with the stress you are experiencing because ongoing chronic stress will affect your health long term. If you would like to schedule a first-time appointment, please call today!