Improve upon your stress care routine!
We often talk about physical illness. We discuss the health conditions of our family and friends when they are not doing well. If we are sick, we are comfortable talking to others about our symptoms.
Why is it, then, that there is a taboo on mental health? Typically, we keep the state of our mental health where it starts–in our minds.
In reality, though, the health of our brain affects every aspect of our lives. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.”
Good health does not just relate to physical health; our mental state of mind plays a huge role in overall health. Stress, in particular, can have a huge impact on our well-being.
We all want to be healthy; physically and mentally. Become aware of your own response to stress and discover new coping mechanisms to nurture your mind and promote a better general well-being.
What exactly is stress?
The website health24.com defines stress like this: “Stress is the physiological, psychological, emotional and behavioral response of a person seeking to adapt and adjust to internal and external pressures or demands.” In other words, stress is your body’s response to external demands. It is the feeling that comes with being under pressure.
How do we respond to stress?
Everybody responds differently. For some people, stress is much more difficult to cope with than others. As a result, there are both positive and negative ways people use to cope with stress. Also, we respond to stress both physically and mentally. For some people, the brain responds to anxiety in a way that leads to anxiety disorders.
What is the body’s response to stress?
Believe it or not, our mentality affects our physical body. According to Medical News Today, the physical response to stress includes “sweating, pain in the back or chest, cramps or muscle spasms, fainting, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, lower immunity against diseases, muscular aches, nervous twitches, pins and needles, sleeping difficulties, stomach upset.” Without the proper care of your stress, your body can suffer.
What is the mind’s response to stress?
Medical News Today states how stress affects us emotionally: “anger, anxiety, burnout, concentration issues, depression, fatigue, a feeling of insecurity, forgetfulness, irritability, nail-biting, restlessness, sadness.”
What are positive and negative coping mechanisms?
Examples of positive coping mechanisms are exercise, proper diet, meditation, and deep breathing. Examples of negative coping mechanisms are overeating, oversleeping, excessive consumption of alcohol, withdrawing from friends/family.
What is a stressor?
Stressors are the specific things that trigger stress. This is a list of the types of stressors: change, emotional, family, environmental, work, emotional, decision, physical, pain, and more.
How do we identify stressors?
Know your body’s response to stress. For example, your heart may start beating rapidly, or your chest might get tight when you are experiencing stress. At the first indication from your body that you are experiencing stress, identify exactly what caused that feeling. For example, if you feel overwhelmed by your workload, you may start to feel stressed.
Knowing your stressors is the first step to taking control of the stress in your life. Knowing what causes stress and how it impacts our body and mind can help us begin to reverse the control stress has over our well-being.
Be mindful of using stress-care techniques.
Talk to your physician about your needs regarding your stress levels.
By: KayLynn P.
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