Put an End to Chronic Stress
Friday 04/21/2023

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances. Stress is not one size fits all, so not everyone will have the same triggers of stress and not everyone’s bodies will respond to stress in the same way. It can affect your body differently depending on your age, gender, and if you have an underlying health condition. It’s critical to recognize what stress looks and feels like to you, take steps to build resilience, and know where to go for help.  

 

Common Stressors

A stressor is any stimulus that causes stress. Pinpointing your specific stressors can be difficult. Life stressors can be a big factor for most people. These can include: death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, financial obligations, moving, illness/injury, emotional problems, or traumatic events; however, sometimes stress comes from internal thoughts. These can include: fear/uncertainty, perception, unrealistic expectations, and comparison.

 

Effects of Stress on The Body

Not all stress is bad stress. Acute stress can actually be good for us in small doses as it helps us perform daily activities. It comes down to how your body chooses to respond to stress and how long you are stressed. Long-term stress can have harmful impacts on our physical and mental health.

When you encounter a stressful situation, your nervous system kicks into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or flight. While experiencing acute stress, you may notice an elevation in body temperature, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, fatigue, irritability, upset stomach, and muscle tension/pain. However, chronic stress and the constant release of these stress hormones can lead to more serious health problems. These can include the following:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Heart disease or heart attack
  • Stomach ulcers and digestive problems
  • Asthma
  • Skin problems
  • Significant weight gain or loss

 

Stress Management

Understanding how to minimize your stress is crucial to avoiding chronic stress, and having a sturdy stress management plan in place can help ease the symptoms and get you through tough times. Practicing these stress management tools on a daily basis can help you become more resilient to life's challenges.

  1. Keep a consistent routine
  2. Prioritize rest and sleep
  3. Be social, do not isolate yourself
  4. Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly
  5. Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
  6. Take a step back and breath
  7. Ask for help!

 

Let Optimal Bio Help

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Optimal Bio is focused on holistic health and wellness in all aspects of life. If you aren’t feeling quite like yourself and need a helping hand to manage your stress hormones, we’re here. Contact us today visit us at one of our 7 office locations: Cary, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Charlotte, Charleston, Charlottesville, or Greenville.

 

 

 

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