Understanding stress

If we don’t recognise the signs of stress and it’s not usual that we will, those around us will probably be aware and be on the receiving end of our stress.

Although some stress can be good for us, because it keeps us motivated, alert and in some cases can even make us aware of danger signs and how best to avoid them, in abundance stress can make us ill.

Sadly, living with stress without any relief can lead to ‘negative stress reactions.’ Stress is known to disturb the internal balance that can lead to physical symptoms if our stress persists. Those symptoms can include the usual problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia and stomach aches.

Stress can also lead to emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Stress can also hasten other symptoms and diseases. As long as we know and understand what our stress is and can stand back so that we can deal with our stress, we can turn stress and stressful situations around.

Just by simplifying, changing the way we think about and deal with things; just by being more proactive about our life and lifestyles, we can help put the lid on stress.

9 Mar, 2018

6 thoughts on “Understanding stress

  1. Sometimes is comes and goes and sometimes it is with us for an age, but recognising the signs of stress and minimising our exposure to stressors wherever possible is so important.

    1. Thank you. Yes, it’s sad that some of us give up at the first signs of stress and rely on others to change, or we expect others to fix us.

      And that’s not how stress or our lives work. And although understanding our lives is the catalyst for dealing with stress.

      If we don’t understand our lives or experiences in its entirety, we’re less likely to do anything about it.

  2. Nobody ever really showed me how to handle stress other than my dad with his drinking and my mom with popping a handful of pills.

    We weren’t really encouraged or allowed to express what the stress was doing to us as kids, since my parents never really seemed to notice anyway. The world was just great as long as dad had his bottle of booze and mommie dearest had her favorite pills.

    I’m living in an environment right now where I try very hard to keep the stress levels down to a bare minimum, but my girlfriend seems to thrive on it, so it’s like we are from two different worlds.

    I’m very well aware of what is causing most of the stress in my life, so now I just need to make the changes that I need to make, no matter whether it’s going to be very pleasant or not, for my sanity’s sake!

    1. Thanks Randy. You said it yourself, ‘I just need to make the changes that I need to make’ and you’d be right. It will always be up to us to decide how we want our lives to go.

      Sometimes our parents are the perfect role models and we have little to learn from them, sometimes they’re not and we need to learn where to make the changes.

      And where our parents have clearly failed, we need to be able to do better for our own children. I believe you can. It’s up to you to decide which way you want your life to go.

    1. Thanks Tim. It depends whether you being badly wounded is something you carry. If the stress you carry is from past experiences, but you’re strong enough to pick yourself up quickly and move on from, then no harm done.

      If we continue to carry our wounds like a burden, from stress we’re not able to get over, then over a longer period of time anyone of us could get ill.

      It really is important we talk about how we feel. Get our thoughts out into the open.

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