What are the Effects of Stress
What are the Effects of Stress
Stress means different things to different people. For many, the term conveys the idea of tension and pressure. But this is only part of the picture.
Perhaps you've read a newspaper report about a plane crash, that stress had caused fatigue in the metal, causing the rupture of some part and the plane crash. This stress was a strain on a piece of metal that tended to force it bending. Cracked. The plane crashed.
May be similar in some ways, the human stress. It's physical or emotional condition that affects our body, to which we must adapt, under penalty of being harmed. However, you have resources to counteract this stress and restore a healthy balance. One is cool the body. Another is a good night's sleep, which allows your muscles to restructure. Thus, the stress disappears.
Today, however, is common to think of stress in connection with pressures and emotional stress, which can also produce changes in the body. When we ignore the changes taking place in us, we may not know how to cooperate with the body in its effort to adjust.
Maybe you think you need to tell anyone when you're under stress. But is it really so? Admittedly, sometimes you can detect the voltage or pressure. Still, in many cases, people fail to relate certain symptoms to stress. Thus, at best, maybe take action only against the symptoms, never really reaching the underlying causes. This may be the case with any of us.
For example, a 39 year old man gets the assignment to perform a particularly difficult task that requires concentration and overtime nights and weekends, weeks, months on end. Begins to sleep badly and feel back pain. Insomnia was caused by his back problem or the other things surrounding? In fact, when that period of intense work passed, both symptoms disappeared. Why? What do you think?
Some common symptoms of stress or excessive stress are:
- Unusual Irritation: People around you perceive and come to comment that you are more easily upset by small things.
- Bad Sleep: Need more time than normal to fall asleep or stay up for hours without falling asleep.
- Breathing Changes: It can be seen stuck in a kind of breath and panting, with no apparent explanation.
- Muscle Stiffness: Not attributed to heavy work or exercise.
- Discomfort or pain in the stomach: May accompany the loss of appetite or an inability to eat nothing but small portions at a time.
- Excitability: Change in normal behavior, becoming someone who never stops talking, easily agitated or shaky in front of little things.
Do not presume, however, that the manifestation of any of these symptoms can show that you are victim of acute stress, which damages your health. The person may experience back pain due to lack of exercise or because it has forced the muscles by lifting too much weight. One might sleep poorly because of eating before going to bed, or drink coffee or tea at night. But if you experience any of this symptoms, and no assignable cause, the case would be to verify if you are becoming victim of harmful stress.
Nobody likes to be always thinking about the various pressures that is submitted to. Why not just forget the problems? Many think so. Since stress can have harmful effects, it would done us a favor examine a few causes of modern stress. If aware of them and recognize that maybe some of them are hitting us, we will be better able to counter or cope with stress.
Many believe that their environment causes stress. Maybe they live in a crowded city, always positioning himself on the defensive and are squeezed or crushed. Loud or annoying ambient also produces stress. This must be taken into account, especially by people who, by force of circumstances, are forced to work under noisy conditions and then "relax" punishing their ears with music blaring, heavy and loud. The poor air quality can also increase the stress load of the person.
We have already mentioned some aspects related to stress, involving many occupations. But for many the problem increases by the competitive spirit toward the 'progress' or get the luxuries that others have. Doctors in Germany attribute to 'Leistungsgesellschaft' or 'entrepreneurial society', in which the pursuit of material conquest and wide consumption, born with the 'economic miracle' in German is still a major emphasis, to blame largely the stress in the country.
While insomnia can be a symptom of stress, for some it is the cause. They work compulsively, trying to produce too much in one day, at any cost, and thus deprive themselves of the needed sleep. Also, stay up late watching the news or TV programs, especially those that cause stress can harm in two ways - reducing the hours of sleep and preventing a sound sleep.
Driving in an aggressive transit, constant intrigue at home or with relatives, the concern about inflation or the declining of purchasing power, the move to new school or neighborhood; allow small irritations of life will produce bitter, even contained. These are additional causes that cause stress in many people.
While we are physically and emotionally able to recover from the stress, its effects tend to be cumulative. Complicating things is the fact that, as we age (perhaps so early, caused by the stress), our ability to react to the stress decreases.
But there is no reason to despair, as if the stress was just a load of which one can not escape or overcome. Polls show that about 25 percent of survivors of years in Nazi concentration camps - certainly an extreme and prolonged stress - not present any physical problem that was caused by stress.
So if we can reduce or eliminate stress in our lives, its effects will also disappear.