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What exactly is stress and how can we define it?

A psychologist would call stress how you choose to react to a stressor. There are three stages of effects of stress according to Hans Selye.what-is-stress

  1. Alarm – The stressor or event that may cause harm is perceived. This triggers the mind to go into alarm. Adrenaline is then created and released as well as the production and release of cortisol. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate.
  2. Resistance – If the alarm state isn’t enough to overcome the stress we enter resistance. In resistance we try to cope with the stress psychologically.
  3. Exhaustion – This is the last stage of the general adaption syndrome. This is when your body cannot produce anymore cortisol and adrenaline and you cannot continue with the two previous stages. You may begin to sweat and have a raised heart rate again. If exhaustion is allowed to continue damage to the body is done, your immune system becomes very weak.

In the end this could mount itself into your life in forms of depression, you may also get ulcers, cardiovascular issues, and even diabetes. All of this sounds very serve. It is unlikely most stress will develop this far and it is rare the aforementioned will happen. It is likely the first two stages of this will happen. But if you find yourself in the third stage you must find a solution. While you can maintain this stage for quite sometime you will want to take steps to not let it go this far. There are plenty of articles here for this and many more to come so please keep checking back.

Stress is easy to define, you know what it feels like. You now know some more of the affects it may have. Along with these it can cause behavioral changes, decrease in cognition, muscle tension as well as headaches. Be sure to not let yourself get carried away with stress and always be aware of when stress is happening in your life.

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Emotional Stress and You

emotionally-stressed-guyStress can build up and over time and become very emotionally damaging. It affects us emotionally as well as mentally and physically. It can put up mental and emotional blocks that over time can distance us from the people and things that make us happy. Emotional stress is not something to push aside and try to avoid; it is something to deal with as it comes.

Don’t push aside emotional stress

Without emotional stress our life becomes more rich, the experiences we have become more exciting and welcomed, and our relationships become more fulfilling. It is not necessary to feel this emotional stress and by no means is it necessary to have it take the drivers seat of our life. The more you push it aside the more it takes control, the less attention you pay to it the more attention it takes from you (in subtle and not so subtle ways).

Keys to overcoming emotional stress

There are many keys to overcoming this emotional stress, you must listen to it as it arises. What are the triggers for this emotional stress? Is it something you can change? If these triggers are not something you can avoid, the next step is to accept them as they are. Once you accept them as a part of your life you can begin to adapt to them. You will start to gain control over them. You will start you realize it is not this that is stressing you out, but it is your reaction to it that is causing the stress. You will continue to learn that it is your choice of how to respond to the stress. You will start to see that the emotional stress is something that you are choosing to have in your life.

Remember it is your choice to feel the emotional stress, you are empowered but you must realize it.

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