Stress always has a purpose and it pushes you to both productive and counterproductive measures. It, therefore, requires you to handle it. And handling stress starts from learning what causes it in the first place. There are several types of stress and some if not all are experienced by everyone.
Types of Stress
Acute stress is the most common form of stress. It can be encountered on a daily basis and is not always negative. Some people actually perform well when they experience a manageable level of stress. This type of stress usually triggers the “fight or flight” response of the body. It can manifest from simple nervousness during an upcoming event to profound feelings of apprehension when there’s death in the family.
Sporadic Acute Stress
If a person is regularly under pressure he may be experiencing Sporadic Acute Stress. This type is when an individual is often feeling acute stress leading to a personal crisis. They are often pessimistic, irrational, short-tempered, anxious, and are often worried. Often times, they tend to overthink about things that can be handled through simple solutions, prolong their agony, create reruns in their heads about the event which triggered stress, and so on.
Once acute stress is not managed or occurs longer it can develop to Chronic Stress. Chronic Stress has adverse effects on your health and is sometimes considered a medical symptom. It stems from several factors such as resentment with work, poor economic condition, unhappy marriage, unforeseen events, unwanted pregnancies, and dysfunctional families. And believe it or not, these life events can lead to the development of some illnesses both physical and mental which can lead to death.
Questions to Ask when You’re Stressed
Identifying what triggers stress and its long-term effects on the body should be your main concern. Since stress is a part of your daily life, it is just right to learn how to identify them for it to be manageable. You can start by asking yourself these questions:
– Why do you feel angry, anxious, or nervous?
– In what situation or event do you often feel stressed out?
– Are your reactions to the situation appropriate?
– How will your reaction help the situation?
– Are your expectations from yourself and others reasonable?
– What recent changes you have in your life that may have triggered stress?
– Do you often feel tired or sleepy?
Learning to Cope
Managing stress takes a lot of patience and practice but it’s all worth it in the end. You can practice coping with stress through these simple ways:
– Talk to someone you trust. Keeping silent about what you feel separates you even more. And when you feel alone, it heightens your feelings of stress.
– Make a journal of things which trigger your stress.
– Do something which makes you happy like taking a vacation, getting a massage or hanging out with a friend.
– Devote a time for exercise, meditation, or yoga.
– De-clutter your workspace or your own place.
– Do a little indoor or outdoor gardening.
– Reduce your sugar intake, alcohol consumption, caffeine, and nicotine.
– Listen to music.
– Replace unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthy ones.