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Tips on Handling Stress

Updated on August 15, 2015

How to Handle Stress

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Overview

Stress affects everybody. You may get symptoms of stress when you go about your daily work – disciplining the kids, work in the office, managing your finances, and coping with a difficult relationship. While a little stress is alright and may prove beneficial, too much of it can make can make you sick mentally and physically. However, you can control stress by knowing what the symptoms are; but recognizing it may oftentimes be hard to do. Most of us may have gotten used to being stressed all the time, that we don’t know that we are stressed until we reached near breaking point.

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s reaction to either real or perceived attacks on it. It sees the threat as harmful and triggers a chemical reaction in your body to help fight off injury. This is otherwise known as the fight or flight reaction, or simply termed as stress. When your body is in stress, your heart pumps quickly, breathing increases, muscles contract, and your blood pressure rise. This is how your body reacts and protects itself from harm.

People perceive stress differently. What may be stressful for one person, may have little effect on another. Some people can handle stress better than the others. On the other hand, not all stress is harmful; a little of it can even be beneficial to help you accomplish some tasks, and prevent you from getting injured. For example, stress is what makes you step on the brakes to avoid hitting another vehicle in front of you – and that is a good thing!

Stress can be Emotionally Devastating

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Random Facts About Stress

  • While a little stress is alright, too much of it can make you sick - physically and mentally
  • Stress is the body's reaction to real or perceived attacks on it
  • People react to stress differently, some can handle it better than others
  • Prolonged stress can lead to depression

Symptoms of Stress

Our bodies are capable of handling small amount of stress. But over a long run, our bodies are ill-equipped to handle chronic stress without bad consequences. Stress can affect us – mentally, physically, our behaviors, and emotions. No part of the body is immune from it; but since people react to stress differently – symptoms may vary from person to person. The symptoms of stress may be the same as that of other medical condition. It is advisable therefore, that you see a medical doctor right away so you would know about how to deal with it. What are the fallacies about stress? Herein are some of things that are floated about:


  • Emotional Symptoms of Stress Are Easily Cured

When faced with a difficult situation like a death in the family, accidents, or personal problems – people normally react to it differently. Some may experience periods of despair that might lead to depression. Others may need a healing process of several weeks and months to get over the situation and move on. When this situation happens, you may be under a high state of stress. You may become moody and easily agitated. The slightest incident can overwhelm you, and make you feel that you are getting out of control. Your mind becomes noisy even if you are silent and you have difficulty relaxing. Because of this, you may feel bad about yourself – feeling of despair, loneliness, and worthlessness. What results is you will clamp up and avoid contact with people, which could lead further into depression. This may be cured if you have the capacity to bounce out of it by yourself. However, if you encounter difficulties doing that, you may need professional help to get out of the situation.

  • Physical Symptoms Of Stress Are Negligible

This is a great untruth. Stress is an ailment and can physically manifest itself in a person suffering from it. There will be aches and pain – headache, chest pain, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness and myriad of other ailments. You will feel your hands sweat profusely, experience clenched jaw, difficulty in swallowing, and nervousness. You will get tired easily and will have low energy levels. There will be no desire for physical contact or of having sex with your partner.

Sample of Stress Scale Table

Life Event
Value
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Death of spouse
100
 
Divorce
73
 
Marital separation
65
 
Jail term
63
 
Death of close family member
63
 
Personal injury or illness
53
 
Marriage
50
 
Fired at work
47
 
Marital reconciliation
45
 
Retirement
45
 
A sample of the stress scale table taken from the "The Social Readjustment Rating Scale"on the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 11 by Thomas H. Holmes and Richard H. Rahe, Issue 2, August 1967. The score interpretation for the complete listing

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It is important to recognize when stress levels are getting out of control. It can easily creep up and you get used to it. You may pay no heed since it feels normal, only to realize later on how much it had paid a toll on your body over the long run. Stress affects the mind, body, and the emotions. People react to it differently. Knowing the symptoms would be the first step towards the cure.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Stress can definitely cause problems if it is not recognized and managed properly. For myself, I know that when I start having headaches, stomach upset, dizziness, and fatigue, that I am too stressed. If I don't do something to reduce it, I end up wanting to escape, running away, or quitting my job. In the past, I have done just that. Unfortunately, the problem happens again. Now, when I get those symptoms, I sit myself down and figure out what is stressing me, and make steps to change it.

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      TurtleDog 3 years ago

      Few things worse than stress. I feel like in the US we spend a lot of time fighting back stress. This is a good post on the topic. Thanks so much! ... and great to see you here!

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      Yep, but I see you all over the place. You don't seem to be bothered by it. :)

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Nobody is exempted from having it anyway. No matter how we get used to it, life will never leave us empty handed. Perhaps we have to learn more how to deal with it so we can lessen the burden of having it. Now I'm talking! Have a less stressful day! See you on the other site :)

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      Nice to see you here my friend. I edited my hubs since I re-applied for Adsense account. I hope I get it approved by next week. : D Re this topic ----stress is something unavoidable. I just realized that as we get older, the lesser that we succumb to stress. I am less prone to stress now than when I was younger. Yep, see you on the other side.....:)

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      I like this definition of stress. Stress is the body’s reaction to either real or perceived attacks on it. Real or perceived attack what an uncomfortable thought. Great article! Voted up!

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks much for the votes up swilliams! :)

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Stress is a part of our lives. what matters most is how we deal with it. Some face it in a healthy way while others are not. I'm sharing this with everyone. This is actually for my own benefit because if they are stressed, they can annoy me. LOL

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Stress is a killer and can lead to many problems. Hard to get away from too!

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      I don't know but sometimes stress is good for me. I see things better if things do not go my way. When stressed, I try to figure out a better way of doing things. I may feel bad about it, but it does not last very long. If people are stressed with me, then that is their problem! Lol!

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Then the way you handle stress works for you. it makes you more productive.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      When I'm stress one thing surely tells me that I am; I eat, eat and eat. Great hub!

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      Most Pinoys will do that - gorge on food when stressed. I do too, and crave for Chinese dim sum when things are not going right. :)

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