Stress is evident everywhere in our fast-paced world. It's a mental, emotional, behavioural or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. We all feel stress and often suffer the results of it in some way or other.
Stress is defined as:
'A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.'
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.
Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. This "fight-or-flight" response fuels you to deal with the threat.
Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop complications of modern life mean that some people's alarm systems rarely shut off.
Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system. It can help your mind and body adapt (resilience). Without it, your body might always be on high alert. Over time, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems.
Don't wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.
Most of the stress we experience can be broken down into three categories:
Managing the Stress
When you identify, and learn how to manage the things that create stress, you will experience improvements in every area of your life-from your relationships to your performance, from your health to your outlook on life.
Below are several points that can contribute to stress. You need to be aware and realise that you are in control of your stress; this the foundation of stress management.