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Stress

Stress

Stress is a common psychological and physical reaction to the increasing demands of life.

About

Surveys conclude that most Americans go through challenges with stress at some point during the year. Without stress management, your body is always on high alert. Over time, inclined levels of stress can cause serious health problems. Don't wait until stress has a negative influence on your health, relationships or quality of life. Start learning and practicing a range of stress management techniques today.

Symptoms

On your body stress can be apparent through these symptoms:
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
On your mind stress can be apparent through these symptoms:
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
On your body stress can be apparent through these symptoms:
  • Overeating or under-eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
Stress symptoms can and do affect your body, your thinking, emotions, and behavior. Being able to spot common stress symptoms can give you a head start on managing them. Stress that's left untreated can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Causes

Taking a look at the causes of stress, we have to remember that the brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for our protection. When our brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This is labeled "fight-or-flight" response. Once the threat has disappeared, your body is supposed to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, because of nonstop stresses of modern life means that your alarm system will rarely shut off. Stress management help you to reset your alarm system by giving you useful tools and skills to do so.

Treatment

In most cases stress can be treated on your own and at home. Relaxation techniques are used to help calm down the body and brain thus reducing the amount of built up tensions and stress. Well known relaxation techniques include meditation, tai chi and yoga. Although, there are alternative and more-active ways of gaining relaxation. Examples include; walking outdoors or participating in a sports activity can be relaxing and help reduce stress. It doesn't matter which relaxation technique you decide to try. What counts is that you’ve selected a technique that works for you and that you practice achieving relaxation regularly