The Dangers of Stress and How to Reduce It
Stress is a natural and evolutionary response of our body to different stimuli. There’s good stress that can motivate you to perform well but most of the time, stress is a result of a negative experience.
Prolonged exposure to stress can be dangerous to your health. Read on for some of the dangers caused by stress and steps on how you can reduce it.
What are the dangers of stress?
Stress does not only affect your body, but it can also manifest in your emotions. The following have been identified as symptoms of stress:
- Fast heartbeat.
- Stiff neck and/or tight shoulders.
- Back pain.
- Fast breathing.
- Sweating, and sweaty palms.
- An upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.
If you’ve been experiencing stress for a long period of time, it can be considered as chronic stress. This is when stress starts to interfere with your normal, everyday life. Keep in mind that the longer the stress lasts, the worse it can be for both your mind and body. Common signs of chronic stress are:
- Inability to concentrate
- Easily irritated
Similar to short bouts of stress, chronic stress is also dangerous to your body. It can cause a chronic headache and diseases brought about by changes in your body. It can also trigger overeating, smoking and other bad habits that people do to cope with stress. Another danger of stress is the increased risk of coronary disease.
How can you reduce stress?
Did you know that reducing stress levels will not only make you feel better right now? It can also protect your health in the long run. The American Psychological Association recommends taking the steps below to reduce stress.
- Identify the source of stress.
Whenever you feel stressed, write down its cause, your thoughts and your mood. Tracking your state of mind throughout the day may help you identify what’s causing the stress. Once you’ve identified the cause, the next step is to deal with it.
- Reconsider your relationships.
Abusive or toxic relationships have been identified as a possible source of stress. On the other hand, nourishing and healthy relationships can help buffer stress. Get in touch with a close family member or reach out to your best friend. Talk to them and let them know that you’re experiencing a rough time. They may be able to give you a different perspective on your concern.
- Learn to walk away.
In a stressful situation, learn how to regroup before you react. It can be as simple as counting to 10 and reconsidering your reaction before following through with it. Physical activities such as walking can also help you manage the stress building up.
It’s good to note that exercise increases endorphin levels in your body which is a natural mood-booster. Make walking or exercising a part of your daily routine. It’s one of the easiest ways to manage stress levels.
- Take time off for your mind.
Steps to ensure that your mind is properly rested will help reduce stress levels. Make sure you get enough sleep at night. You may also try out meditation just to clear some needed head space.
- Get help.
Do you still feel stressed after following some of the steps indicated above to reduce it? It might be time to consider getting help from a professional. They can advise you on how to effectively manage stress.
GMP Medical can help enhance your health and well-being. Call (305) 823-2433 to schedule an appointment.
February 22, 2018 9:17 am
Categories: Family Health