How to deal with different levels of stress

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Are you struggling with stress but not sure what level yours is at?

Stress is common throughout life and everyone will have different ways to handle it. If stress is left untreated it can lead to debilitating conditions and many different chronic illnesses. Stress is seen in three basic stages which are important for the doctor to know what level you are sitting at in order to treat you.

The three stages are an alarm, resistance and lastly exhaustion. The intensity that a person may suffer in these stages will all depend on their health and support system.

 Alarm

The first stage we see in stress is when the body tries to react to the stress. This will be different for each person as there are different tolerations and sensitivity among people. Your body will try to fight the stress which can cause sweating, anxious feelings, increased heart rate, and feeling scared as your body reacts to the stressor.

Your nervous system will become stimulated to take action from which biological changes take place.  Your body will go through a fight or flight response which sends overwhelming amounts of adrenaline through your body.

 Resistance

Thee stress next stage is when your body tries to return itself back to normal. When you are in this stage you can feel a calmer reaction. Your nervous system will try to bring the heart rate down and aid in getting the functions back to normal. Some people in this stage will feel like they no longer need to address what is causing the stress. If the symptoms persist, the body can suffer from fatigue, poor concentration, anxiety, sleep disturbances. This is because the body is still on alert but without the huge alarms going off.

 Exhaustion

The last stage is the exhaustion. This is when your body becomes too tired after time-fighting the stress. Here is where you feel run- down, exhausted and have no motivation or energy. This stage is the warning sign that your stress level is severe and will most likely last long-term. This is where health conditions can arise and changes within your psychological system can occur. If you feel you are not coping with the stress, there are many things you can do. If you feel like you’re lagging behind at work in terms of your monitored productivity and contribution, these would be signs telling you that your exhaustion has reached its peak and it’s time for your to take a break or a detox! 

What you can do

First of all, you need to understand what is happening and accept it. You need to understand how important it is to handle the stress before it gets out of hand. Sometimes stress might be seen in different ways. Learn to recognise your stress signs such as a decrease in motivation, mood swings, loss of appetite, hair loss and more.

Think positive

Many people feel this won’t help. If you are making an effort to think positive it can change your attitude and whatever you are stressing can then seem less daunting. Reassess your goals and check whether you have set values that are too high for you to achieve. Be gentle with yourself and don’t conduct in any critical talk.

Use relaxation techniques

Using relaxation techniques can help you to moderate the effects of the stress. When you feel stressed it can help to focus on how your body fees and learn how to do relaxation breathing. Listen to music and create a special corner in your home or garden when you can take time to relax and enjoy the quiet without any distractions. If you find your work to be very overwhelming and keeping you on your toes, talk to your friend, family, colleagues or a business coach even. Opening up and venting really helps to give you a clear mind and perspective on things you wish to achieve.

 

 

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