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Make stress your friend!

Updated on March 14, 2016

Stress- a word that we hear almost every day and use it in different situations to describe different states of tension. Stress is actually what causes all sorts of changes in our psychosomatic system, regardless of whether it manifests itself as a positive or a negative change.

During the 24 hours we are constantly under the influence of various stimuli from our environment, because of which we are more or less to change, adapt, and ultimately evolve. So, stress is actually inevitable, if we considerate it as a response to environmental stimuli.

Stress can occur through excessive, as well as insufficient amount of stimulus. Not enough of stimuli can lead to lethargy, depression, lack of interest, lack of motivation, weakness etc., while too much stimuli, on the other hand, can lead to irritation, exhaustion, nervous breakdown, hypertension, stroke, myocardial infarction, and a number of other disorders and diseases.

The problem of our time is too much stimuli and the inability of the psychosomatic system to regenerate properly.

However, the majority of negative stress is caused by our reactions to situations that we evaluate as unpleasant. That goes for situations where you feel unsafe, threatened, distracted and so on... Indeed, such situations are a possibility and a challenge to go through some fear, break through some of our limits. It is an opportunity to learn something we have not known so far, to get to know some aspects of life and ourselves in new situations.

Very often, instead of a particular situation being taken up as a challenge, we see it as something that threatens us because we are on an unfamiliar territory and immediately incorporate our system for survival. Automatic lights pop: "fight or flight", and it causes a specific reaction in our psychosomatic system (rapid breathing, sweating, pupil dilation, increased blood clotting, increased circulation etc.). That can harm the body if it is too intense and happens often. This reaction is quite natural reaction and counts as one of our adaptations to survive, but if you often repeat it, the body is exhausted and gradually weakens the immune system and leads to various ailments and diseases.

What can we learn from that, can we use it as something that would actually work for us, not against us? See, right then, right in that situations we grow and explore. We investigate when is it and what is it when we feel insecure, attacked, threatened, confused etc.

Starting with spasm caused by us thinking that we will not get everything done during the day, to the fact that the boss will not be satisfied with our work or that we are the boss who does not have enough authority and things alike.

Absolutely all situations are an opportunity for growth and learning. And absolutely every situation out there is a possibility for change and transformation of ourselves, also leading to other people's pleasure surrounding us.

Any situation in which you do not feel comfortable is a possibility to investigate where is it we do not know ourselves that well, what are our weak points, where do we not find confidence in ourselves, when do you not forgive yourself, or others... There is a whole series of moments and opportunities for personal evolution .

This is one of the ways to discover ourselves, our true selves, and become intrepid explorers to whom the unknown and uncertain becomes a challenge! This does not mean that we shall never be afraid, but it does mean that we are to look differently at the very fear. Then we enter a new dimension of existence; life is no longer just a struggle and survival, but it takes on dimensions of an adventure!

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''Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.''

— Marilu Henner

If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.

— Kris Carr


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    • Christine Dickens profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristina Penava 

      3 years ago from Croatia

      Thank you Caryn, I'm glad you have found this article useful, perhaps felpful :)

    • Caryn Bickel profile image

      Caryn Bickel 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles

      I like the title; it helps to think of stress as friend rather than foe.

    • Christine Dickens profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristina Penava 

      3 years ago from Croatia

      Thank you so much mr. Autoimmune! :D Glad you have liked it!

    • autoimmune profile image


      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting write up.


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