Feeling the Pressure
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." -Sydney J. Harris
Stress is always there and can be caused by anything, from an upcoming test or a performance. These events cause the body to prepare for the challenge. The body signals the adrenal glands to input more adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream. Heart rate, breathing, metabolism, and blood pressure increase due to the extra hormones in the blood. The body reacts and vision is improved, sweat is produced to cool the body, and stored energy is used to respond to the moment.
Stress overload is when there is too much stress from lasting too long or being dealt with alone. This can also be caused by family/relationships, bullying, and crammed schedules. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is an example of a stress overload, however this is caused by a horrific event.
Signs of Stress Overload
- anxiety or panic attacks
- a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried
- irritability and moodiness
- physical symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
- allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
- problems sleeping
- drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs
- sadness or depression
How stress affects your body - Sharon Horesh Bergquist
Since stress can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally, here are some things that can reduce your stress.
- Do enjoyable physical activities
- Balance work with relaxation
- Allow others to help manage the stress
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