We all face different situations on a daily basis, and it’s how our body reacts to those situations which can dictate stress. Stress comes in many forms and is an unavoidable fact of life for everyone, at least at some point in our lives.
Stress doesn’t discriminate but it is subjective, meaning what causes stress for one individual may not be the case for another. However, with so many different types of stress, it is very rare one can escape them all.
Learning to identify signs of stress and knowing how to manage that stress is extremely important as stress has the power to affect your entire health which may include physical and mental side effects. The key is to recognize and understand what stress may be affecting you so you can create a plan to reduce or eliminate it.
So let’s explore the common types of stress that affect everyday people along with providing ways you can manage the stress you currently have, and how to avoid it in the future.
Types of Stress
Stress caused by the physical demands of a job, travel, or daily chores. Involvement in sports or other physical activities can also lead to physical stress.
This includes anxiety or worrying about events. Meeting deadlines, taking tests, or trying to solve problems falls into this category.
This type of stress is brought on by a feeling of guilt, feeling anger, phobias, sadness, etc. It usually involves things to which you have a more personal connection.
This is one of the types of stress which is caused by a severe injury or illness. Extreme environments or events which severely impact your mental or physical health fall into this category.
Nutritional & Chemical Stress
Stress which is caused by drugs, alcohol, or vitamin deficiencies can cause this type of stress. Similarly, impacts from food allergies or pollutants that cause serious side effects may cause this form of stress.
Acute stress is a short-term reaction to everyday events that are commonly experienced by many. Acute stress may be caused by things like trying to meet a deadline, close calls with danger, sudden realization of a mistake, or an altercation with another person.
Acute stress is fleeting and usually doesn’t lead to any lasting effects, especially once the trigger which caused the acute stress is resolved. Acute stress should not be confused with Acute Stress Disorder which is more serious and is caused from a sudden and unexpected traumatic event such as a death or serious accident. This can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Episodic Acute stress is when acute stress becomes a constant everyday occurrence. This usually occurs in individuals who have a pessimistic outlook on life or are constantly worrying about things.
Signs you may be under episodic acute stress include being short-tempered and constantly tense or anxious. It may be a sign you are trying to accomplish too much or have too much chaos going on. If not resolved, this type of stress can lead to negative impacts on your health such as headaches and IBS-like symptoms.
Chronic stress stems from a situation which may not be easily resolved or greatly impacts your life. This may be a dysfunctional marriage, loss of employment, or unfavorable living conditions. A sign of chronic stress is the feeling there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Professional treatment may be needed to avoid serious risks to your health, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Identifying and Managing Stress
Signs of Stress
Our bodies respond to stress by releasing hormones which in turn can wreak havoc on our bodies if not kept in check. Some of the symptoms you may notice may include:
– Stomach irritation leading to diarrhea or indigestion
– Feeling anxious
– Reoccurring headaches
– Depression or sense of hopelessness
– Enhanced emotions
– Difficulty sleeping
– Easily irritated
– Overall feeling of being unwell
If you notice any of these signs or a combination of any, you may want to look into whether stress is the culprit. If you notice your health or personality changing dramatically or suddenly, it may be a sign something is causing you to be stressed.
Seeking help via a professional psychologist or sessions with a life coach may allow you to confirm whether you are under stress, realize what may be causing the stress, and help with ways to control or eliminate the stress.
Techniques for Managing Stress
Stress is often brought on by triggers which may include things like work routines or schedules, phobias, association with certain individuals or groups of people, new surroundings, physical ailments, or worrying about past or future events.
Recognizing your individual triggers will allow you to work on ways to minimize the stress that is associated with them.
Setting yourself up with routines when it comes to sleeping patterns, meals, chores, and your general daily schedule can alleviate many triggers of stress and allow you and your body to fall into predictable patterns.
Things That Can Help When You Find Yourself Stressed
– Engaging in activities or hobbies that bring you enjoyment
– Being around supportive family and friends
– Eating healthy and exercising
– Seeking professional meditation or yoga sessions
– Disconnecting from your phone and computer
– Listening to soothing music
– Enjoying the sounds and peacefulness of nature
Things to Avoid When You Find Yourself Stressed
– Avoid taking medication unless prescribed by a professional
– Avoid taking drugs or consuming alcohol to block out the stress
– Avoid loud or hectic environments
– Avoid being around negative people
– Avoid negative thoughts
– Avoid thinking it will just go away on its own
– Avoid feeling like you are alone when it comes to dealing with your stress
Do you experience stress on a regular basis and want to better manage it?