Understanding And Overcoming Stress
We have all heard it said and have probably make the statement more than once ourselves. ” I’m so stressed out!” I will make a broad statement that when we either hear those words or say them, it is usually not in a good contect.
The strange thing that most people do not understand is that stress can be a good thing. That’s right, stress is not always bad . Understanding stress and overcoming it is important because different stress can have different effects on our bodies.
It has been discovered that in small increments stress can actually help us perform better and motivate us to do our best. So why do so many Americans take medications for stress? It is because to much stress of the wrong type can be very destructive to our overall health.
Before we look at “bad stress” let’s first define what stress is. Stress is a defense reaction of our body to a potential danger real or perceived. When we sense a potential danger our body will produce a chemical that causes muscles to tighten and blood pressure to rise putting us in a state to defend ourselves. Here is the problem, our bodies were not made to deal with long-term stress without physical and or mental issues.
Five important things we need to remember about stress:
- Stress will affect everyone at some time or another.
- Not all stress is bad – stress can actually help us perform better.
- Long-term stress can be very detrimental to our health both physically and mentally.
- There are many ways of dealing with stress.
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional help.
Let me share a personal story with you to better understand how stress can sneak up on us. Several years ago my wife and I were being transferred from up north to the deep south. For a number of weeks prior to and after moving myself, while my wife remained up north until our house sold I suffered from a conic feeling of nausea. The nausea eventually turned into feeling of being out of control. I eventually went to a doctor and his first question was ” Tell me what has been going on in your life? So I told him “In the past year:
- My Mother passed away
- I had my shoulder replaced
- Had my Gallbladder removed
- Was transferred and was selling a home and trying to buy another
“But other than that I was great.” He looked at me and said “Bob, you are depressed.”
“I can’t be I’m Bob! Mr. Positive, author, speaker blogger no way am I depressed.” He then explained to me that it doesn’t work that way. http://bobfiacco.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=444&action=edit You could be the most positive person in the world and still struggle with stress that can manifest into physical or mental challanges.
Bottom line is he put me on what I like to call ” crazy medicine” and in a short time I was back to my old self. Stress affects everyone differently and will attack one person’s body one way and another person in a totally different way.
Dealing with stress
There are many ways to deal with stress. Just like stress itself, different techniques work differently for everyone. Here is a good article from the Huffington Post about 10 different ways to overcome stress:
Stress will touch everyone at sometime in their lives.
Top 10 stressful life events
According to the widely validated Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, these are the top ten stressful life events for adults that can contribute to illness:
- Death of a spouse
- Marriage separation
- Death of a close family member
- Injury or illness
- Job loss
- Marriage reconciliation
Remember we can all control our stress level and never be afraid to seek professional help.