Everyday Stress VS Chronic Stress
Stressors can range from everyday frustrations to major catastrophic events. Stress can even be caused by positive events like getting married or receiving a promotion. It is an unavoidable part of life and it can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional well-being.
Everyday stress can cause a variety of physical symptoms like headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, and muscle aches. It can also lead to other difficulties like insomnia and anxiety. Chronic stress can exacerbate or contribute to certain cardiovascular difficulties. It can also depress your immune system and cause you to become more susceptible to infection and disease. Over time chronic stress may take a toll on your emotional well-being and leave you more susceptible to depression.
Research indicates that certain types of stress may cause more damage to your health than others. These include stressors involving the loss of an important relationship, an uncontrollable event, or an event that poses a long-term difficulty.
There are ways to combat the physical and mental wear and tear of stress. For instance, the ways in which we cope with stressful situations can help us to minimize the negative effects of stress. Each individual has a different way of coping with stress and some coping strategies work better than others.
Change The Situation
Changing the situation or behavior that is responsible for the stress are effective ways of dealing with a stressful situation. However, it is not always possible to do this in every situation. When a stressful situation is chronic sometimes the only thing you can do is make an effort to keep the wear and tear at a minimum.
Some ways to do this include eating a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine, and getting regular exercise.
Attitude Is Everything
Another equally important way to do this is by maintaining a positive attitude. A large factor in how stressed we become in reaction to an event is the way that we think about the event. Individuals that have a negative attitude generally feel worse about a stressful situation than an individual with a positive attitude. The worse we feel the more we are
negatively impacted by stress.
Another effective way in which people can cope with stress is by having a social support network. A social support network includes family, friends, and colleagues. Social support can provide a person with companionship, assistance, reassurance, guidance, and most importantly, a sense that one is valued. Even the act of talking about one’s thoughts and feelings can
have a stress-reducing effect.
Stress is an unavoidable and uncomfortable part of life. It can have many negative effects on your health and your mood. However, stress can be managed effectively in most situations. Remembering to implement stress management techniques can help protect your health and happiness.
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