What is Stress?
The response of the human body to pressure is called stress. Stress occurs due to various situations that we experience in our daily lives. This is caused when we go through situations that make us feel anger, frustration, or nervousness. Stress often makes your blood pressure rise, heartbeats increase and muscles tighten.
The meaning of stress may vary from person to person. Stress isn’t totally bad. When small amounts of stress are experienced they help you work better. The real problem arises when this stress stays for long durations. Our bodies can handle small doses of stress but not chronic and long-term stress.
Symptoms of Stress
Stress affects the emotional, behavioral, and physical aspects of your life. Different people handle stress differently so the symptoms are not always the same. But they can be similar. Here are few similar stress symptoms according to their categories.
The emotional stress symptoms include:
- Getting angered or frustrated easily
- Feeling out of control
- Unable to relax
- Socially isolating yourself
- Having less energy
- Frequent headaches
- Diarrhea, constipation, nausea
- Chest pain
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
Types of Stress
Some of the different types of stress are mentioned and explained below.
Symptoms of PTSD are seen within three months of the event, although at times, they are seen after many years. People suffering from this disorder might have flashbacks and relive those memories again. They may even avoid people and places that remind them of the event. They may even become very alert and might get startled easily.
Symptoms of this type of stress are a drop in performance in work, depression, anxiety, and difficulty in sleeping.
Stress in Children
Just because children have nothing to worry about and hence cannot develop stress is a misconception. Children tend to suffer from stress very often before their exams or their results as well. The parents should try to reduce such stress and comfort the children. Effective communication can help you understand if your children are suffering from stress.
Alternative Therapies for Stress
The human body develops tolerance towards medicinal drugs over time, so the dosage has to be increased. Large doses of such medicines over a long period may be harmful to health.
Alternative therapy aims to help people deal with stress by achieving healing and betterment without the intake of the clinical drug. Living with this mental illness can be difficult, so getting non drug remedies for stress can improve life for those suffering from it.
But how long do you want to be dependent on clinical drugs to help you? Here are some ways to overcome stress without medicine offered by us-
Hypnotherapy fixes the dropped concentration levels and the low productivity by consciously changing how you handle stress. This stress treatment makes you more alert and mindful, which helps to find better ways to deal with stress.
Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective meditation techniques. It has two main parts: the first part comprises attention and the second part consists of acceptance.
The attention bit is about thinking of your past experiences to focus on everything happening in the present. It involves directing your awareness to your breath, your thoughts, the physical responses in your body, and the feelings you are experiencing. The acceptance part requires observing those feelings and sensations without judgment. Instead of responding or reacting to those thoughts or feelings, you aim to understand them and let them go.
It helps you to gain absolute control over your mind and body and make the mind work for you in the real sense. It helps to stop the thought process which causes chronic stress.
Sea Mindfulness Meditation
This therapy helps establish control over the body, the mind, and the heart. It puts a stop to the thought chain which causes stress and relieves you from all other physical pain too.