Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Day
Life can be complicated, and it’s easy to let the pressures of daily living feel like a heavy weight on your shoulders that you can’t escape. We all know what stress feels like, and it doesn’t feel good.
Stress is dangerous, more so than most people realize. Doctors and therapists know that most problems, both physical and mental can be tied to stressful situations that can be short lived or ongoing.
People get stressed for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s work stress that gets you tied up in knots, or relationship stress from arguing with your partner at home-or even just having to face the continuous demands of growing children-we all need a little rest and relaxation every day. The problem is, that most people don’t take care of stress when it happens. For one reason or another, they decide that they don’t have time to slow down.They fail to recognize the signs of stress at a point when they could get relief from it and let it fade away.
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The buildup of stress, no matter how it happens, could ultimately lead to a compromised immune system or poor health, manifesting in things like obesity, minor illnesses to more serious health conditions like stomach ulcers, stroke, asthma, diabetes and heart disease, sleep problems or disorders, depression, brief episodes of emotional imbalance, or long term serious psychological problems. Chronic, untreated stress is often attributed to serious medical conditions such as heart attacks.
So what happens to you, when you become stressed?
Being in a stressful situation triggers immediate chemical changes in your brain. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine start building up. Hormones like adrenaline start spiking and you get those feelings that you want to fight or get away from the situation.
Then, the release of chemicals causes physical effects like rapid heart rate, and raised blood pressure. You feel stress in various ways like muscle tension, headaches, and stomach aches. Stress can disrupt your normal bodily processes like digestion and respiration, causing nausea, pain, vomiting, heartburn, constipation, acid reflux and diarrhea.
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There are also many unnatural emotional effects that are caused by stress. Among them are mood changes, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, irritability, frustration, anger, impatience, and feelings of insecurity. And these emotional imbalances can cause serious concerns in your work situation, by reducing productivity or causing you to miss work, or at home by ruining your relationships with your partner, your friends, and your family, including your children.