Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Originally from Self Development Secrets
Practically everyone is forced to experience some type of stress in a point of their lives. You can be stressed for a variety of different reasons, including anything from internal personal issues that involve your perspective on specific situations to obvious problems that you’re forced to deal with.
Regardless of the type of stress that you’re experiencing, you may feel so down that you don’t know what to do. Your body is naturally designed to deal with a certain amount of stress. But having too much stress for too long can actually lead to many problems, including health problems.
Given that having stress can lead to many different problems, you’re recommended to treat it as quickly as possible. There are varying methods as to how you can relieve the stress that you feel, and there are even treatments that you can undergo. Regardless, here is some information about what stress is, the problems associated with stress, ways to eliminate it as well as some other ways to prevent stress from coming back.
What Is Stress?
Stress is defined as your body’s reaction to any type of change that requires your body to respond to or adjust to. This type of response can be emotional, mental, or even physical, and it typically comes from either the environment around you, your thoughts and mindset, or it can also come from a more physical aspect, like your body.
Stress is defined as your body’s reaction to any type of change that requires your body to respond to...
Stress is typically caused by factors called stressors, which can be pressures or certain situations that are responsible for the stress that you experience. These stressors can either be positive or negative, so you can actually be stressed from things that are technically supposed to have a more positive effect on your life.
More specifically, there can also be internal causes as well as external causes. Internal causes are classified as being more self-generated since they are caused by your inner, personal thoughts and your overall mindset. Internal causes of stress usually involve excessive worrying about something that could happen in your life or not. It also involves irrational or extremely negative thoughts. For example, internal stressors can be anywhere from rigid thinking, perfectionism, an all or nothing attitude, or talking negatively about yourself.
On the other hand, there can also be causes of stress that involve external factors. External factors are pressures or situations that take place outside of your thinking, and you cannot often change these stressors. For instance, external stressors may involve significant life changes, pressures from school or work, or even issues that you may be experiencing regarding relationships with the people that are close to you in life. In addition to these factors, external stressors may also involve financial problems, not having enough time to complete essential tasks in your life, and even pressures that come from your family, children, or other loved ones.
What Does Stress Look Like?
Stress is capable of either gradually coming into your life and affecting you little by little, or it also can come up all of a sudden. Either way, stress is capable of drastically changing your whole life, whether it changes your life over time or all at once. When it comes gradually, it can change little things at a time, so it’s difficult to notice that you’re experiencing stress at all.
Regardless of whether stress changes your life gradually or all at once, there are a variety of symptoms that are associated with someone that typically is experiencing stress. For instance, someone may experience symptoms of stress that affect their cognitive abilities. More specifically, these symptoms can range anywhere from problems with their memory to experiencing poor judgment. In addition to that, cognitive symptoms of stress may include an inability for them to concentrate, their ability only to view the negative side of situations, excessive and constant worrying, or it can even involve them experiencing extremely negative thoughts.
Aside from cognitive symptoms, someone may experience symptoms of stress that are more emotional, like depression, anxiety, irritability, or even feelings of extreme loneliness. Additionally, someone may also experience psychological symptoms that involve feeling overwhelmed about certain situations or pressures that they’ve been placed under.
Furthermore, someone under stress may also feel more physical symptoms. This is more common among individuals that have experienced physical stress, but it’s also very possible that someone experiences physical symptoms of stress while under emotional stressors. More specifically, physical symptoms of stress include symptoms like aches and pains in random areas throughout their body, or even constipation or diarrhoea. Moreover, physical symptoms may also include nausea, chest pain, or even frequent colds.
Lastly, someone that’s under any type of stress may also experience symptoms that negatively affect their behaviours. For instance, behavioural signs may change your eating patterns, like consuming too much food or too little. Or you may also find your sleeping patterns being negatively affected by the stress that you’re under.
Someone that’s under any type of stress may also experience symptoms that negatively affect their behaviours
Other types of behavioral symptoms that you may experience while under stress may include your distancing from others, you neglecting your essential responsibilities or even procrastination. In addition to that, when some people are under enormous amounts of stress, and they don’t have any support from others, they often look to other forms of relaxation to take away from the stress that they feel. More specifically, some people turn to cigarettes, alcohol, or even drugs to help cover up the negative way that they’re feeling.
Different Types Of Stress
Everyone will experience some stress in their lifetime, but there are multiple different types of stress. Whether it’s physical, emotional, traumatic, acute, or chronic stress, they all can affect practically anyone in the world.
Physical stress is usually the result of someone participating in physical activities that end up in them, negatively affecting their body in some way. This can be anywhere from sports or fitness training to more subtle things. For instance, travelling can put your body under stress, since you most likely travel through different times zones, and your body isn’t used to this.
In addition to that, physical stress may also come from your body either receiving too much or too little sleep. And it can also result in you putting your body under physical strain that it’s incapable of handling, like when you spend too long on your feet or work for long periods.
Emotional stress is probably the most common type of stress that anyone experiences throughout their life. It typically comes after you’ve undergone a major life event that had the ability to affect your emotions or your mindset drastically. The effects of emotional stress are similar to those that someone that’s depressed may experience. More specifically, emotional stress may results from drastic changes to your life, like a breakup, a divorce, or the death of someone close to you. But you may also experience stress because of less severe events, like simply having a bad day, being too overwhelmed at work, or having too many responsibilities at home.
This type of stress typically occurs because of some kind of trauma that was done to your body. Traumatic stress may involve severe pain, or it can even include a coma. Regardless of the type of effect, it has on your body, traumatic stress is capable of drastically changing some physical aspect of your body. It can even possibly occur after you’ve undergone an operation or some type of surgery.
Acute stress is a type of stress that typically only lasts for a certain amount of time, and it’s less severe than chronic stress. Additionally, acute stress is generally only affected by certain types of factors in your environment.
As opposed to acute stress, chronic stress is a more severe form of stress, and it can last for extended periods. It is capable of impacting you in your everyday tasks, and it can negatively impact your life for up to several years.
Why Is Stress Bad?
The human body is technically designed to deal with specific amounts and types of stress since it has an autonomic nervous system that’s able to respond to stress. The autonomic nervous system that’s in our bodies contains built-in stress responses that cause physiological changes to your body, which allows your body to combat any type of stressful situation that you may be experiencing. But this stress response can become chronically activated when it has been fired for long periods, which causes your body to experience damage both physically and mentally. Essentially, when you put your body under too much stress for too long, your stress response system malfunctions and is unable to react appropriately to stressful situations when it’s most required.
When you put your body under too much stress for too long, your stress response system malfunctions...
When you experience too much stress and don’t treat it properly, then a less severe form of stress can lead to distress, which is classified as an extremely adverse stress reaction. Distress is capable of disturbing your body’s internal balance, which then leads to symptoms that negatively affect your body. For instance, physical signs of distress may include headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and even problems sleeping.
Other symptoms of distress may involve more emotional symptoms, like depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and even excessive worrying. When distress goes untreated, it is known to worsen the symptoms of some diseases and can also cause diseases. For instance, distress can worsen and is linked to diseases like heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, and even suicide.