Stress is essentially our body going into fight-or-flight mode. A rush of norepinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol prepares our bodies and minds for the situation being thrown at us. Some stress is good (such as the day of your big exam ) some stress is not so good (such as being fired from work). Regardless of the cause, it is beneficial to understand techniques to manage stress.
Identify and Manage Stress
First and foremost, let us understand the basics. Stress is your body responding to the demands being presented to it. Stress can cause us to be more productive and force us to focus. If my client list keeps growing and my weekly deliverables escalates, I might feel more stress due to the increasing workload. A doctor may see a patient and realize they need immediate surgery, this type of stress pushes us to perform better.
Stress can also be related to life stressors that are very difficult to handle like divorce, moving to a new home or a loss of income. Stress can also come from internal stimuli instead of external. Jasmine might have low self-esteem and she doubts how well she performed at her interview. Despite the fact stress will not help Jasmine in this situation, she is worrying so much (anxiety) it is causing a stress reaction in her body.
Anything that puts a load on you can be considered stressful. External or Internal.
The issues usually arise when stress is constant. Chronic stress can lead to mental, emotional and physical issues. It is important to note that I mentioned it can impact you PHYSICALLY. Many people don’t realize the full impact of stress and a go-go-go lifestyle.
Let us look at a few symptoms to better understand how we can be impacted by stress. These lists are not fully inclusive, but it gives you an idea of what stress can do.