Understanding stress

Stress could develop in different forms and affects your mind and body in different ways. We are all familiar with stress. It could be a normal response what we experience in our everyday life. A certain level of stress is necessary to not only function but to reach out our full potential. High level of stress, however, can be a dangerous health hazard. Almost everyone is familiar with the physical symptoms of intense stress such as upset stomach, increased hear rate, sweaty palms. Stress is definitely the most common cause of physical and mental illness. Stress could have a prolonged affect upon our physical, emotional and mental beings. It has high potential to affect our mental, emotional and physical well-being. 

Stress is a complex and personal issue. We can generally classify stress as an acute, chronic or combination stress. Acute stress is shot term stress. It is caused by a sudden or unexpected event. The body responds for stress by increasing the function of the sympathetic nervous system and develops the fight and flight response, which triggers chemicals in the brain and body designed to help us manage a threatening situation. It can cause high blood pressure, muscle tension, increased heart rate, and nervousness. Shaking, sweating, shortness of breath. It could be very dangerous because the adrenal gland produce a high amount of stress hormones. Example: Sudden nose bleed

Chronic stress is long term stress. It can be so serious it could cause ongoing illness, and even could reduce live expectancy. Chronic stress can develop from factors within us as internal factors or it can be caused by our perception of external factors. It may links to many types of psychological problems and mental disorders. Example: Stress at the workplace, or sickness in the family 

Combination stress is a combination of the acute and the chronic stress. Example:The person who is suffering from the consequences of the abusive relationship experiences chronic stress and acute stress from verbal or/and physical abuse.

Stress could influence your mental process, your mental state, and mental behaviours. Stress could affect all the cells in your body. Your immune system is constantly affected. Stress works as a dangerous toxin. It could make damage in your body and in your mind. It kills positive emotions. It could damage your self-esteem, and confidence. It takes away your health and vitality. It also could decrease your productivity. The good news is that it is possible to reduce stress and improve health by the power of your unconscious mind – you can do anything - your mind can control almost every aspect of your body. From simple things such as swimming and holding your breath, to more complex issues such as sneezing or hay fever. All you have to do is tap into the power of your own unconscious mind and it will work for you. 

One of the most common stresses is work related stress. It could come in different forms and affects your mind and body in different ways. Even unimportant things can make you feel stressed. Chronic, long term stress could come from spending long hours at work, conflicts with co-workers, manages or customers. 

In situations of great stress and distress, a hormone called cortisol is released into the body. Cortisol release is directly related to reduced effectiveness in the immune system. Even though an immune system that is too strong can be dangerous, most people can use a bit of an immune boost.