What exactly is stress? What causes it? How does it affect our lives and what can we do about it?
To begin, stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our personal balance in some way, often resulting in physical or mental health problems. Stress is part of the natural human 'fight or flee' response which has been with us since the world began.
Stress can be caused by anything that requires you to adjust to a change in your environment, it can be brought about by a traumatic experience, death, or emergency situation, and it can also be a side effect of a serious illness or disease. Stress is often caused by financial concerns, or loss of a partner; job pressures, inadequate training, trying to live up to other peoples' expectations, jealousy, anger, greed, love, and hate can all cause stress in our lives.
The issues of stress can easily compound if it is not possible to adequately deal with a particular stress situation at the time; a person's safe and secure life can very quickly become extremely disrupted leading to physical and mental health problems and sometimes homelessness or addictions.
"What can we do about it?" Here are 5 tips that should help you to fight stress:
1)Learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga all can assist you to deal effectively with stress. Relaxation can reduce lower blood pressure, promote a feeling of wellness, and hopefully can help bring on a restful night's sleep.
2)Make time for yourself. Relax in a nice hot bath with your special bubble soaps then turn the lights down low and listen to your favorite music, read a book that you enjoy, take up a hobby you enjoy such as gardening, go swimming or go to the library just to name a few.
3) Perhaps your kids are overly stressed , thereby causing you to be stressed out.Pay careful attention to teens and watch for overloading or signs of bullying. Be actively involved with your kids in sports, plays, and school functions.Stay in touch with the teachers at your child's school. If a teen talks about or shows signs of being overly stressed, seek the consultation with a child and adolescent psychiatrist or qualified mental health professional may be helpful.
4)Vigorous Aerobic exercise has been shown to release endorphins (natural substances that help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude). Walking or swimming is an excellent way to enjoy aerobic exercises.
5) St. John's Wort is a natural formula stress reducer held in high regard by many to help relieve anxiety and symptoms of stress,by helping you to feel more relaxed.
It is very important to learn how to fight stress in our lives and if you still feel stressed out about life after trying some or all of the techniques above, it is advisable to talk to your local Doctor who will be able to help you work through your stress.