Chronic Stress

What is Chronic stress? The term chronic stress is used to describe long-term high levels of psychological distress. It can also be thought of as the individual’s experience of prolonged and continuous activation of the body’s responses to the danger that is not terminated by safety.” “Chronic stress can lead to a host of physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social problems such as anxiety, anger management issues or sleep disturbances. These symptoms often persist for months or years.” “Stress response occurs in both humans and animals when confronted with an external threat (danger), but humans have a unique capacity for anticipating future threats (stressors) which leads us to activate our defenses before the actual event occurs.” “The body reacts defensively in the face of a potential threat by attempting to: a) minimize the damage, b) regenerate lost tissue, and c) repair any damage sustained. These responses allow the body to survive until it can find safety from the threat.”

Stress is a complicated topic. It’s hard to define the line between “good stress” and “bad stress.” We often find ourselves in stressful situations without even realizing it. In fact, you may not know that you’re stressed until your body starts manifesting symptoms like headaches or stomach aches. What is chronic stress? Chronic stress occurs when there are so many demands on our time and energy that we struggle to meet them all no matter how much we try. This can cause anxiety, depression, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, and more. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including work deadlines at your job or lack of sleep due to family obligations such as having children or caring for an elderly parent who lives with you. The earlier you start managing stress, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

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The term chronic stress is used to describe the long-term effects of being exposed to stressful situations. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including work, home life, and even self-imposed pressure. With so much going on in our lives it’s important to take time for ourselves every day. One way that many people find relief from stress is through meditation or yoga. These practices reduce stress by putting us into a relaxed state of being. By taking time to meditate or do yoga, you’ll allow yourself to relax and focus on your breathing.

This section of my blog is dedicated to chronic stress and how it can affect us in our daily lives. I think it’s incredibly relevant at this time when we are constantly being bombarded with constant information from media, news sources, social media websites, and ‘friends’ on Facebook. …I have been working on this post for a while now, but I think it’s just recently that I actually had to take some time out of my busy schedule and truly focus to write this article. Many people finally seek help when they feel they cannot cope anymore. We all cope with stress in different ways, but it shouldn’t be a life-long battle or struggle and many people don’t realize the effects that stress is having on their own bodies and health issues. It’s time for people to start realizing that chronic stress can have a profound effect on our bodies, and it is often underestimated because we just call it our “stress” or “tension.”

What is chronic stress?
The effects of stress are real. We’ve all been through stressful situations in life… Chronic stress basically means that whatever is causing the stress and anxiety to remain in the body continues, this can be either due to lack of support, no presence of coping mechanisms, or negative feelings like worry, fear, or apprehension. In the following paragraphs, I will include a few examples of how chronic stress can cause health issues.

Are there any obvious signs of chronic stress?
Chronic stress can be hard to detect because it might not show itself in actions that we would expect, for example, an individual may not get angry or raise his/her voice. Others may appear depressed or apathetic about life events. Many people with chronic stress do not see the effect of the condition on their health, and many do not realize that they are experiencing chronic stress!

What are the symptoms of chronic stress?
Individuals who experience chronic stress may have symptoms such as poor sleep, stomach problems, headaches, muscle tension, and other physical symptoms. People who are experiencing chronic stress may not get as much pleasure from things that they used to enjoy. They may find it hard to concentrate or remember things. They may become withdrawn, irritable, or anxious, and worried.

Should I be following a doctor’s advice, or should I be taking my own advice?
It is important to follow any doctor’s or health professional’s advice. However, in some cases, doctors just give us scripts to take which we cannot actually adhere to because they don’t suit our lifestyles. Also when you are managing a chronic condition, it is more important that you look after yourself than rely on pharmaceutical medication. So in order to gain more information and help, it might be best to search online for more information from people who have experience coping with the same issues you are experiencing.

I’m constantly tired and anxious, what should I do?
We all have different stress response systems, some of us are more prone to feel the effects quicker than others. Stress causes people to be tired or anxious because it increases our heartbeats and produces adrenaline. Most of us can handle stress well at times. If you feel that you do not have the experience or skills to manage your stress levels, then it is important to get help from a professional who can provide advice on coping mechanisms.

How do I know if my stress is a problem?
If your stress is interfering with your day-to-day life, this could be a sign that it has become a problem. This problem can, for example, lead to a decrease in your quality of sleep. There may also be less interest in a person’s favorite hobbies, work performance may decrease and you may go through life being irritable or antisocial.

What does chronic stress look like?
I have included a few images of what chronic stress might look like. Be aware that some of these images may be shocking to display, but it might be important for readers to see the effects of chronic stress. Some people who suffer from chronic stress do not necessarily have all these symptoms at once.
A dejected and unsure teenager.
A very angry individual after an argument! This is common behavior from someone with chronic stress.
If you are suffering from chronic stress and these images have resonated with you, please get help from a health professional.

If you are someone who suffers from chronic stress hormones, there are things you can do about the symptoms associated with it. This article will go over some of the natural ways to help relieve your symptoms and get the happy endorphins flowing again.

How to treat chronic stress naturally, a few examples include:
·          Practise deep breathing or yoga regularly. This is important because it slows down the heart rate and helps the body relax and blood pressure goes down.
·          Listen to relaxing music or meditate every day.  Going for a walk or just sitting quietly can really help you to feel calm and reduce anxiety levels.
·          Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. These things will help your immune system function well which is also important when managing chronic stress.
·          I found that having conversations with friends and family helped me to realize they cared about me – even though I might not have felt like it sometimes!
·          Don’t keep any thoughts inside, it’s ok to share how you are feeling with someone you trust who is non-judgemental.
·          I’ve found that writing things down has helped me release feelings or thoughts that I would have kept inside.
·          Learn more about your stress response system and how it works. It is a good idea to learn about what is causing you stress.
·          Try to stay away from people who are constantly negative and constantly complain, it will not help you!
·          Do not expect yourself to have all the answers or all the coping skills, take things easy!

If you would like to know more information on chronic stress, please feel free to leave a comment below with any questions. Thanks for reading my blog! I hope that my blog has helped you in some way – thank you for reading! I am currently working on a new website, which I hope will be available very soon. Be sure to check out my website for more information on chronic stress and how to cope with it. You will also find a few tips on how to relax at home… What do you think of chronic stress? Please leave a comment below!

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