1. Stress--An Overview
Stress is the effect of physical and emotional changes that surround you.
Stress causes different reactions in different people.
How is your stress level?
We'll find out!
Are you aware how much the world has changed in the last 100 years?
It went from years of using animals to get from place to place. In fact, generation after generation people relied much on animals or their own feet to
get to where they wanted to go.
Suddenly the amount of change has become astounding. One person could have gone from telephones, cars, radios, airplanes, black and white television,
to stereo systems, to landing on the moon to watching war on color television within their own lifetime.
In this fast paced environment there is no shame whatsoever to admit to being stressed. Different people handle stress in different ways. What will work for
one person may not work for another. However, understanding stress is your road to freedom from stress.
Why is it that some people can shrug off complete chaos while others can have one thing change their routine and it is enough to raise their blood pressure, or
throw them into deep depression?
Can it be like the difference between swimming in salt water and fresh water?
In salt water, it's way easier to float. Some people tend to float more easily than others through life and can shrug off the things that knock the wind out of
You've heard the expression "the straw that broke the camel's back."
Many people don't really understand it because they've really never owned a camel, or know much about camels. Well, a camel can carry a certain amount
of weight and all it takes is just a tiny weight barely more than a feather to suddenly break the camel's back. Literally.
Stress is the same thing. It's added and added and added until suddenly you blow up over a silly thing like a glass left on the table after dinner. You will
certainly look very irrational as you 'scream' about the glass.
It's not the glass. It's an accumulation of many things.
When you face any acute worry or are not comfortable with something, a constant nagging feeling of anger, frustration, or fear produces negative
feelings and reactions in your body, resulting in aches and pains or a short temper.
Stress is not all bad. The positive effects of stress gears up your body systems and you become more alert and energetic. Your mental ability
increases and your nervous system works faster. You can feel motivated, thrilled, and invigorated.
Stress can be an energizer and produce positive reactions such as when you race against time to meet your deadline, you pump in all your energy and boost
your output levels. You could be hurrying to your office, to your school class, or a college exam, or even running for a bus. You are late. Your body is
reacting in different ways to your stress signals.
The same is true when you face any imminent danger. You gather all your resources to stand and fight or run away from the danger.
A healthy body is geared to handle normal stress.
Stress can add up! Stress is the total effect of environmental and physical changes around you.
The negative effects of stress have many far-reaching influences.
It promotes pessimistic feelings of anger, distrust, depression, and rejection.
All or any of these can lead to mild headaches to monster migraines, as in my own case. It can also lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, stomach
upsets, sleeplessness, and strokes.
You need to be able to identify your body signals. When you are under extreme stress, your body emits certain warning signals. These could be aching
muscles, a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, body aches, sleeplessness and stomach upsets. These require immediate attention as they could lead to serious illness
or have fatal consequences.