Stress typically describes a negative concept that can have an impact on one’s mental and physical well being but it is unclear what exactly defines stress and whether or not stress is a cause, an effect, or the process connecting the two. With organisms as complex as humans, stress can take on entirely concrete or abstract meanings with highly subjective qualities, satisfying definitions of both cause and effect in ways that can be both tangible and intangible.
Controlling stress is important to our health. Unrelenting stress can turn to distress. Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires a physical, mental, or emotional adjustment or response. Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you -- and many things that you do to yourself -- put stress on your body. Some stress can be good. It keeps us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. But too much stress can make us sick.
EFFECT OF STRESS ON HEALTH
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress -- a negative stress reaction. Distress can disturb the body's internal balance or equilibrium, leading to following:
» Physical symptoms such as :
An upset stomach
Elevated blood pressure
Insomnia or any other sleeping problems
» Emotional problems such as :
Or any other form of anxiety .
Research shows that stress can also bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress is linked to the foloowingleading causes of death:
Cirrhosis of liver and even
Stress also becomes harmful when people engage in the compulsive use of substances or behaviors to try to relieve their stress. These substances or behaviors may include food, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, drugs, sex, shopping, and the excessive use of internet. Rather than relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances and compulsive behaviors tend to keep the body in a stressed state causing more problems. The distressed person becomes trapped in a vicious circle.
WAYS TO PREVENT , REDUCE AND COPE UP WITH STRESS:
Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.
» AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS :
Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.
Learn how to say NO
Avoid people who stress you out
Take control of your environment.
» ACCEPT THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN’T CHANGE:
Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are.
Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.
Share your feeling
Learn to forgive.
» MAKE TIME FOR FUN AND RELAXATIOIN:
Set aside your relaxation time
Connect with others
Do something you enjoy everyday
Keep your sense of humor.
IF a person follows these strategies he will be able to manage his stress effectively and not only this then, he can be save from the adverse affect of stress on his health. He will be not trapped in the vicious trap of STRESS.