Stress is an unavoidable consequence of life. Without stress, there would be no life. However, just as distress can cause disease, there are good stresses that offset this, and promote wellness. Increased stress results in increased productivity – up to a point. However, this level differs for each of us. It’s very much like the stress on a violin string. Not enough produces a dull, raspy sound. Too much makes a shrill, annoying noise, or causes the string to snap. However, just the right degree can create magnificent tones. Similarly, we all need to find the proper level of stress that promotes optimal performance, and enables us to make melodious music.
Stress is the reaction of our bodies and minds to something that upsets their normal balance. The human response to stressful events is an ancient one, dating back to a time when life was a constant struggle for survival. A good example of stress in action is the way you react when you are frightened or threatened. But not all stressful events are sudden or obvious as the threat of bodily harm. Stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the demands of life and our ability to cope with them. Any challenge that overwhelms us – a serious illness, the death of a family member, the loss of a job – can be stressful to the point of physical and psychological dysfunction.
Stress is defined as physical, mental or emotional strain or tension, and it is important to note that is not a disease but a part of everyday life. Stress is not necessarily good or bad, however individual reactions may vary and may be undesirable.
Some reactions to stress may include:
Headache, fatigue, insomnia, digestive changes, neck pain or backache, loss of appetite or overeating, tension, anxiety, anger, resentment, irritability, and inability to concentrate or perform at usual levels.
It is important to learn to decrease and manage the stress in your life before more serious disorders like immune problems, digestive disorders, high blood pressure or headaches have a chance to affect you.
Did you know?
Massage therapy can help you manage the negative effects of stress in your life.
Other ways you can manage stress include:
Some ways to cope with stress include: