What is Stress?

Daniel Thomas

Types

Stress is defined as: a condition in which the human system responds to changes in its normal balanced state.


Types of stress:

  • Acute Stress
  • Episodic Acute Stress
  • Chronic Stress.

Benefits/Consequences

Good stress:

Stress can help you meet daily challenges. It motivates you to reach your goals. Stress can also help you accomplish tasks more efficiently and boost memory. Stress is a vital warning system that creates the fight-or-flight response.


Bad Stress:

Stress is key for survival, but too much stress can be detrimental. Emotional stress that stays around for weeks or months can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.

Signs & Symptoms


Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless and depressed
  • Avoiding others.


Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Excess sweating

Prevention

Defense Mechanisms

Defense mechanisms are ways you can defend yourself from stress. Try some of the tips below!
  • Compensation
  • Repression
  • Denial
  • Undoing
  • Displacement
  • Sublimination

How can you manage stress?

You can manage your stress by doing some of the following techniques:


  • Problem Solving
  • Physical Activity
  • Relaxation Training
  • Expression
  • Time Management
  • Positive Thinking
  • Pleasant Activities


Here is a good website with more ideas on how to manage your stress.

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-management.htm

If your stress still becomes too much to manage on your own feel free to contact us at the following or visit the other website we have listed!