5 Important Things You Should Know About Stress
Stress is a term and feeling you’re probably quite familiar with. We all deal with stress at some point in our lives, so it’s surprising just how many people know so little about it. There is an abundance of information on it, of course, both online and in the real world, but trying to wade through it all is a stressful act itself. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore it. To give you a bit more of an insight, here are five important things you should know about stress.
- Everyone Experiences Stress Differently
Although we all have to deal with stress, we don’t all deal with it in exactly the same way. Certain traits and patterns in our personality, both learned and inborn, can have an effect on the way we view and cope with a stressful situation. This can mean that two people who have lived through the same thing can handle it in completely different ways, with one finding it incredibly stressful and traumatic and the other not. Some of these traits are permanent, but others can be altered.
- Stress Makes You Sick
It’s clear that stress takes its toll on our minds, but what most don’t realize is that it can harm our bodies too. As well as mental health issues, stress can leave us vulnerable to physical illnesses and diseases, even if you’re only stressed for short periods of time. This is because it affects and inhibits your immune system, making it difficult, if not impossible to fight bugs. Prolonged stress can also tire you out, making it more likely for you to hurt yourself in an accident.
- You Can Manage Stress
There’s no way to rid your life from stress completely, but it is possible to manage and reduce it to some degree. You can do so by sticking to a healthy diet, spending time with people who make you happy, and working out on a regular basis. Ignoring or bottling up your worries can make them grow, which is why it’s also beneficial to let them out, whether it be to a friend, counselor, or just in a journal.
- Certain ‘Relievers’ Cause Harm
There are lots of ways to deal with stress, but many of us turn to unhealthy options automatically, like excessive drinking. If this is something that you’re struggling with, then get professional help from your doctor. Trying to quit cold turkey on your own can be dangerous, often leading to harmful situations and individuals requiring treatment for delirium tremens. While alcohol may provide temporary relief from worry, it doesn’t solve anything, so shouldn’t be used as a crutch.
- Some Stress Is Beneficial
Most people associate stress with negativity, but some forms can actually be quite beneficial. They provide motivation, which is useful when trying to meet deadlines and get work done, and excitement, which helps us to enjoy life and actually feel alive – This necessary for a person to be happy, productive, and well-balanced. It’s only when this stress becomes excessive and chronic that it turns into a problem.
Stress is something that affects us all, so, hopefully, with the information above, you now know a little bit more about it.
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