Stress Relief – We Specialise in Stress Relief Therapy, Gives you Online Stress Relaxation Session to Balance Yourself, and Reduce Stress. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or nervous. Stress is body’s reaction to a challenge or demand.Your body reacts to stress by releasing hormones. These hormones make your brain more alert, cause your muscles to tense, and increase your pulse.
In short bursts, stress can be positive called ‘Eustress’ such as, when it helps you avoid danger & body’s way of protecting itself. This is a normal adaptive response called “Fight or Fight or Alarm response”. But when Stress lasts for a long time, adaptation fails resulting in physical, psychological, behavior and psycho-somatic problems. Some people are more vulnerable to stress than others & determined by various factors.
Once stress and tension set in, it can perpetuate itself by a vicious cycle into continuous stress resulting in health problems. A number of studies have shown that stress is both additive and cumulative which adds up to the original stress and can reach a high level even after the initial casual factor has disappeared.
There are two main types of stress:
Short term stress that goes away quickly like for example having a fight with your partner etc.. It helps you to manage dangerous situations. All people have acute stress at one time or another.
Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives they have little or no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which corticosteroids are released.
The causes of stress are different for each person. You can have stress from good challenges and as well as bad ones. Some common sources of stress include:
- Psychological – Psychological causes are by for the main cause of stress because of one’s reaction to various events and problems around as life circumstances themselves do not create stress, but it is only one’s attitude or reaction towards it.
- Overexertion – Leads to stress because of continuous over – arousal of sympathetic nervous system, which leads to an imbalance between the two components of autonomous nervous system.
- Physical – those, which are related to our body and way of living.
- Disease – Affect the system, because body & mind are intimately connected. Chronic disease by causing imbalance in the system result in stress.
- Diet – Excess intake of salt, coffee, tea, alcohol, spices, cigarette, tobacco etc. by activating the stress mechanism.
- Environmental – Excessive noise, pollution like dust, smoke etc.
There are numerous reasons & conditions often called Stressors. They may be single or more ranging from mild to severe. These Stressors are grouped into four categories:
- Individual Stressors
- Group Stressors
- Organizational Stressors
- Environmental stressors
The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgement
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Effects of chronic stress
Since the body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats—daily stressors, threatening situations, or life-or-death events—it can be continually triggering the stress response. This results in chronic stress that can lead to serious health problems.
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even leave you vulnerable to a host of mental and emotional problems.
Many health problems are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:
- Pain of any kind
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- Sleep problems
- Weight problems
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin conditions, such as eczema
There is a major difference between tension and stress, and this difference when not understood causes tremendous problems. Stress is knowing that you’re not where you’re supposed to be, and not knowing what to do about it.Tension is understanding the gap with a clear view of current reality, a vision of the ideal state, and action to close the gap. Both put pressure on you, but one is usually manifested in physiological damage while the other creates focus and action. You decide which you’d rather have. But the line between the two is quite narrow, and it only takes a few off-hand comments to generate stress.