Stress in itself is not bad for us, it is just the body’s natural way of responding to demands or pressures. The body just needs to shut down and stimulate certain areas so that it could focus its attention on what’s happening. Thousands of years ago when we were running away from dangerous animals we were stressed in that moment, the last thing we needed was to use the toilet, that’s why when we are stressed our digestive system is affected.
The problem with stress now adays is that many of find ourselves constantly stressed. This prolonged stress can affect our physical and mental health.
What causes stress?
There is so much stimuli in society now adays to cause stress i.e. a stressful job, getting stuck in traffic, what is on the news etc. Also, everyone responds to stress different as it depends on your personality, social circumstances, age, support network, cultural background etc.
Causes of stress can include:
Personal or family illness
Interpersonal relationship problems
Conflict e.g. being bullied or harassed
Death of a friend or relative
A very stressful job or pressures
A traumatic event or events
Financial difficulties and debt
Not sure what direction in life you want to go
Not happy with the direction in life you are in
Redundancy, job loss threats, insecurity
Pressures from competing demands or a combination of the above
Lack of social support
Major signs of stress
Lack of motivation
Sleeplessness or over sleeping
Getting sleep but still feeling tired
Difficult to concentrate
Feeling anxious or overwhelmed
Needing alcohol or other illicit substances to cope
Increase eating, drinking or nervous habits
Not coping with demands or responsibilities
Simple things that could help to manage stress levels
Find someone to talk to, this will help you to let go of any negative feelings
Arrange an appointment to see your GP and ask for an overall physical health check
Exercise is great for stress. First it would help you sleep and also release hormones that give you positive feelings
Limit your nicotine, caffeine and alcohol intake because they can increase your anxiousness and sleeplessness
Take time out. Relaxing and doing activities you love can recharge your mind and body
Thinking positive thoughts is also important