Lifestyle - Identifying Stress

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Dealing with Stress

Identifying stress or dealing with one is not always a choice of topic in any man’s life, or any person’s life. Stress is experienced by both males and female but how we manage stress differs between both genders. However it’s dealt with, one certainty is that it begins with overwhelming mental pressure along with thoughts of overloading threshold zones.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are three distinct types of stress: Acute, Chronic, and Episodic. Each comes with specific symptoms that affect your health in different ways.

Acute stress is most common and results from your body’s reaction to a new or challenging situation. This type is usually short-term, and the body returns to a normal state soon.

Chronic stress is long-term. This type of stress usually feels like it’s never going to end and is difficult to resolve or change the cause of this stress.

Episodic stress is acute stress occurring regularly. Usually caused by being worried all time, repetitive work deadlines, and often moving from one crisis to another.

The dangers of stress symptoms can escalate to include anxiety until it starts to take its toll. According to Dr. Sarah Brewer, medical director at Healthspan, “it can worsen conditions such as eczema and irritable bowel syndrome, and contribute to high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke. Stress reduces immunity so you are more prone to infections.”

Stress is not always a bad thing; stress can motivate. The mind is designed to react to pressure situations in life, but the important thing is how to channel stress into positive energy. Here are some ways to make stress work:

Bottom line: Keep in mind that stress is a part our of daily livelihood, but it does not need to become a health issue. By finding ways to manage stress you make it work for you, or at least reduce the chances of suffering. Don’t be too hard on yourself.