Stress is very well known for just what it means: STRESS. Its effect on human beings from a local and a global standpoint is far greater than any of us imagine. Stress can overtake one’s body physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as behavioral aspects. This is not something to take lightly. This is actually very serious. If you notice, it’s not just older people that die this day and time with heart attacks, suicide, and things of this nature. People of all ages. Older people, younger people, and even really young people. Children, yes, I said children. Don’t automatically think that stress only affects older people that have lived a longer time.
Stress effects everyone, no matter what the age is. It affects people in your own hometown, your own state, your own nation, as well as the entire global world. What is stress? Stress is medically defined as an organism’s total response to environmental demands or pressures. More specifically medically defined as a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. There are many different forms of stress. Stress can be from a physical, environmental, or psychological from and external standpoint, or it can be internal such as an illness, or from some form of medical procedure. Stress can very easily initiate the phrase we often here called our “fight or flight” response which comes from endocrinal and neurological reactions.
The Physical Effects:
Aches and Pains not associated with an actual injury
Nausea and Dizziness
Diarrhea or Constipation
Loss of Sex Drive
Rapid Heart Rate
The Emotional Effects:
An Inability to Relax
Feeling Lonely or Isolated
General Feeling of Unhappiness
The Mental Effects:
Inability to Concentrate
Seeing the Negative in Situations
The Behavioral Effects:
An Increase/Decrease of Appetite
Isolating Yourself from Others
Increase/Decrease in Sleep
Using Alcohol/Drugs/Cigarettes as relaxation
Nervous Habits such as Nail Biting or Pacing
Stress can also Cause or (Exacerbate)
Increase in Blood Pressure
Suppressed Immune System
Increased Risk of heart Attack/Stroke
Contributes to Infertility
Speeds up the Aging Process
Skin Conditions such as Eczema, Acne or Hives
Stress can completely take over your entire body, mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as behaviorally. People need to take stress much more seriously. The side effects of stress are much worse and damaging than trying to find a way to de-stress, and help your body to truly relax. Not try to ignore it, and act like it’s not there. Stress doesn’t leave unless you become proactive and do something about it. If you can learn to de-stress your body, you can lead a much healthier, and happier life, but if you don’t then you could possibly encounter all sorts of problems and issues far beyond your control. There are many different ways to de-stress. You can walk, run, and ride a bicycle, read a book, paint, draw, write, journaling. These are just a few ways that can help one to learn to de-stress. There are many different ways to try and de-stress yourself. You need to find one that works for you, but also one that is healthy. Find someone that you trust and can talk to.
This person can be a friend, or someone in the professional field such as psychologist or psychiatrist. There are many support groups out there as well. Also, a good healthy diet, helps in more ways than one. It helps mentally, emotionally, and physically. Not one such that consists of things such as drinking, smoking, or being dependent on drugs. Those are not healthy for you or anyone else. They have very severe consequences that can show up in a person immediately, gradually, or not for years to come, but trust me, the consequences will show up at some point. The consequences could result in health issues, job issues, family issues, or just overall every day environmental, social, or psychological issues. Please. If I can get your attention for just a moment. Stress and its overall effect on your body can be very damaging.
Whether it is you, or someone that you know, then please try to get a handle on this and get it under control. If it’s not you, but you know someone, try to be a positive support mechanism for them, without them bringing you down. Sometimes that is tougher than going thru stress yourself. Helping someone. That is not an easy task, and not one that I would recommend you to try and resolve for them. Instead, you can be a help to them by recommending a support group, going with them to a support group, recommending them seek professional help, and just simply letting them know that you are there if and when they need you.
Don’t take this lightly. Stress or stressors and how one handles them can potentially be very dangerous or hazardous to one’s health whether it be physical, mental, behavioral, or emotional, whether it be one of these or all of them, then end result can be very costly and suffer severe consequences. All of the above information was taken from several different references. The main one being By HeatherT514, 6th Oct 2012, http://nut.bz/2szk6t0s/, The others are: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/stress, and http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987