Stress can sometimes be beneficial to you. Stress helps your mind and body prepare for dangerous situations by activating all bodily functions for survival. It can also increase your energy and motivation when faced with deadlines and other non-life-threatening problems. Once the situation is over, your body returns to its normal state.
However, when stress becomes chronic, it becomes harmful to your body. The stressed and high-functioning state becomes your normal state. Before you know it, you’ve burned out like a light bulb left on for too long.
Stress And Its Causes
When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones, namely, cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These hormones are all good in moderation because they enable your body’s fight-or-flight response. Stressors include demands related to school or work, sudden life changes, and traumatic events.
Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is the body’s alarm system that controls your mood, fear, and motivation. It also regulates your blood pressure, decreases inflammation, and governs your sleep cycle. On the other hand, adrenaline controls your emotions. It also increases heart rate, blood pressure, and expands air passages to your lungs.
So what can chronic stress and increased levels of these hormones do to affect your health?
Effects Of Stress
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As a family member, stress is a normal part of life. We are not only trying to get along with one person but to multiple people at once. As you encounter different situations apart, it can be overwhelming to face all these things at once, when at home.
The fact that family members have their unique perception can cause arguments and fights from time to time. There are also events that we can’t control, such as death or financial issues.
Stressful family situations can range from seemingly small events to a full-blown crisis. Plus, different people cope with stressful situations very differently. Our unique personal coping mechanisms can lead to even more stress responses from other family members. Unmanaged stress can result in negative physical, mental, and emotional consequences. Worse, it can even transgress to chronic stress.
It is essential to recognize the critical signs of stress and identify potential stressors. For older members of the family, it is crucial to watch out for developing stressors in children. The residual effects of stress can affect children’s critical development stages.
Ways Of Dealing With Stressful Family Situations
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Since we are already in the computer age, I have never imagined experiencing a global health crisis. After all, pharmaceutical companies always boast about their newly invented drugs that can help with this or that disease. There is also a vaccine for almost everything, which boosts your immunity against illnesses. So, the fact that a coronavirus has already taken so many lives has shocked me.
Once I have gotten over the surprise, though, I realize that the pandemic is a good way to test your relationship with others as it allows you to know the following:
Who Is Willing To Help You At Any Cost?
Even though most people have gone into quarantine because of the coronavirus outbreak, we can still buy food and other supplies. However, many are immunocompromised, and so they tend to fear going out. Others are required to do self-isolation, especially if they have arrived from a country with known COVID-19 cases.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, you need help from your friends and family to obtain your essentials. Giving you a call is not enough at this point. You don’t have to greet each other and risk the virus spread, but they can drop the supplies you need by the steps or front door. If anyone does that, then you know that you are genuinely cared for.
Who Does Not Mind Putting You In Danger?
When the news about the statewide quarantine reached me, I had two choices. I could either fly to my parents’ farm in Minnesota or stay here in New York. I ended up choosing the latter because the internet was essential for my work, and there was hardly any signal at the farm.
Despite making that choice by myself, I could not help but feel stressed about quarantining alone. I was not allowed to order food often; the laundry shop was also closed. Still, I had to tap my face several times and remind myself that stress would not do me good, especially now. So, I did the following instead:
Start An Aquaponics Herb Garden
The most stress-relieving activity in my book is tending to a garden. I used to do that in my parents’ backyard and plant vegetables there. However, since I live in a small apartment in the city, the best thing I can do is start an aquaponics herb garden.
This project is genuinely easy; all you need are a few mason jars, water, and seedlings. It is especially useful these days, given that you are not supposed to go out only to buy basil or thyme. With an herb garden of your own, you will be able to get by without buying herbs even after the lockdown.
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As part of the 2017 Michigan Stress Relief Week, they gave free massages and desserts to all students to help them relieve their stress, relax, and refresh. This event is an excellent initiative since massage therapy is known to help those who suffer from stress find a way to unwind and prioritize their health and wellness. Moreover, students experience much stress due to their deadlines, research, and exams. But how does massage therapy help people reduce their stress?
Nowadays, massage therapy is offered almost everywhere. Gone are the times when massages are only available through luxury spas and health clubs. Whether you are in airports, clinics, hospitals, or malls, people who seek massages can get soothing treatment quickly. A session of massage therapy usually goes on for about 50 minutes. It uses low and subtle lighting in the room to help create a comforting and relaxing environment. It also utilizes the power of music to support the soothing atmosphere.
Massage strokes and manipulates your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to release tension and pain. A massage therapist can use a variety of techniques for a session, and it may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are more than 80 types of massage therapies in the world. You can discuss your preferred treatment with your therapist.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has a couple of benefits, including the following:
- Allows people to respond better to medical procedures
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Stress for me is encountered when the boundaries within a certain area are being pushed. Just as the fibers on a rope become stressed when tension is applied, the same happens within our thinking and physiology. The more pressure there is, the more tension there is; the greater will be the chances of a catastrophic failure.
According to Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, “Stress is anything life brings our way that has the potential to upset our balance.”
When the stress levels get beyond being manageable, we have to take up ways to reduce them. We might not be able to control the stressors, but we can surely minimize the harm it does to our mind and body.
The signals of stress
- Increased heart beat
- Abnormally high or low blood pressure
- Sweating or heat flush
- Loss of appetite
- Irritability and hypersensitivity.
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Self Doubt
- Fear of failure.
- Low mood
Stress is nothing more than a behavioral state. We all have a “built in” stress response. You can get stress because of business. According to Lisa Bahar, LMFT, LPCC, “When an individual is in a job that lacks growth and is fostering complacency, there is a [sense of] a lack of worth.” Managing stress is just a matter of working out a system that best suits you, allowing you to utilize it when required.
The 8 strategies to manage stress
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“The root of all health is brain.
Stress and the way we express them varies from person to person. It our perception that makes the difference. What may seem stressful to one person may be endurable to another.
It is important to mention that all stress is not bad. Moderate stress keeps the motivation going. The stress hormones that our body releases (adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol) in response to stress helps us to protect ourselves against any harm to the self.
According to Rachel Fintzy Woods, MA, LMFT, “Stress lasts for a extended period of time, our bodies can begin to break down.”
How stress affects our physical and mental health
The stress-heart connection : Chronic negative stress has negative influence over the cardiac functions. Stephanie Dobbin, LMFT, CGP says “Maybe your stress comes in a different form. Or maybe your stress feels especially immense and nebulous, and you’re not sure where it’s coming from.”
- An immediate response to stress is an elevated heart rate, which causes the arteries to constrict and blood pressure rises as a result.
- Negative stress alters the rate of heart beats. It becomes a matter of serious concern if it persists for long.
- Our body releases inflammatory markers in stress, which increases the potential risk of suffering a cardiac arrest.
- Increased stress causes a condition called cardiomyopathy, which creates chest pain, and can eventually cause blood vessel damage in the heart.