What you need to know to beat stress
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
Many people mistakenly believe that stress and anxiety are one and the same. In truth, even though these two physiological responses share many of the same symptoms, they are two different things.
Stress is how your body and brain respond to any type of demand — both good and bad. There’s more that you should understand about stress, and today, we’ll provide four facts about it, and we will review a few ways to control stress.
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4 Stress Facts
Everyone Experiences Stress
Because stress is our body’s response to good and bad demands, no one is immune to stress. We may experience routine stress related to work, family, and other responsibilities, or we may experience stress due to an unexpected event, such as job loss or an illness. Traumatic stress can occur after a major event like a car accident or natural disaster. There are many different types of stress, and everyone experiences it from time to time.
Stress Isn’t Always Bad
We often think that stress is always bad, but that isn’t the case. Your body’s stress response can motivate you for positive things, like a job interview. In dangerous situations, it can even save your life. Stress releases “fight or flight” hormones that can trigger a variety of bodily functions to ensure survival.
Long-Term Stress Can Be Harmful
These same life-saving responses may stop functioning normally if your brain is exposed to long-term stress. Stress that continues on for long periods of time can cause physical ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Long-term exposure to stress can also cause an increase in depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
There Are Effective Ways to Control Stress
The good news is that there are many different ways to beat stress. The following can be very effective ways to control stress:
Educate yourself on stress
Incorporate breathing exercises
Try relaxing activities like meditation and yoga
Consider alternative stress management strategies
Always keep in mind...
Step number one in dealing with a mental health issue is reaching out for professional help (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist, etc.).
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