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Learn to Recognize the Different Forms of Stress

Stress: It’s easy to say that you’re under a lot of stress or that this or that caused you stress, but did you know that there are several types of stress and that they all affect your body differently? Some stress can even be helpful.

The truth is that we need stress in our lives to function. Without it we would simply not care about the world around us. I guess you could liken a person without a stress response to someone who has been sedated. The world would keep turning or it could stop turning and they wouldn’t care in the least.

3 Types of Stress

There are three major types of stress: acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress. Let’s take a few minutes to look at each type and how they affect our lives.

Acute Stress – Acute stress is the “fight or flight response” stress. This stress helps you step back onto the curb when you see a bus barreling down the street and keeps you driving calmly and slowly on an ice-covered roadway. This stress is best described as the sudden jolt you feel when the hormonal and physiological effects of the “fight or flight response” mechanism kick in. Other common causes of acute stress are noise, hunger, crowds, and isolation. But no matter what causes the acute stress, this type of stress goes away almost immediately after the stressful event occurs.

Episodic Acute Stress – Episodic acute stress is similar to acute stress in that it can be caused by the same triggers. The main difference, though, is that in episodic acute stress the episodes occur more frequently. The lives of people who suffer from this type of stress are often chaotic. They have too much on their plate so to speak. They are often late, frazzled, rushed, angry, and anxious. They can experience several attacks of acute stress every day or every hour. It’s the unending nature of this type of stress that makes it responsible for health problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain and heart disease.

Chronic Stress – Sufferers of chronic stress are normally dealing with a major stressor that just does not let up. These stressors adversely affect both mental and physical health and can lead to mental breakdowns or even death. Here are just some of the causes of chronic stress: poverty and financial woes; unemployment; dysfunctional or abusive relationships; caring for an ill family member; feeling trapped in unhealthy relationships or career choices; living amidst war, rivalry or criminal violence; bullying; and a constant strive for perfectionism.

In some cases, chronic stress can persist even after the stressor has been eliminated. When this happens it is called post-traumatic stress disorder and requires professional intervention.

If you feel that you are suffering from episodic acute stress or chronic stress, you should seek the advice of a medical professional. There are some medications that can help alleviate symptoms and behavioral therapy has proved invaluable especially for those with symptoms of episodic acute stress.

Scottsdale entrepreneurs place stress relief in the palm of your hand

Scottsdale entrepreneurs place stress relief in the palm of your hand Touchpoint Solution, a company that produces an advanced version of the original device called Touch Points - a pair of lightweight squares that can be worn, held or clipped onto clothing.

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT



The latest airport amenity has four paws and barks

The K9 Crew program was launched here in 2016, with the aim of providing travelers with stress relief and comfort. The same stress relief and comfort that Max usually provides to hospitals and hospices, for both patients and care providers. "I used to ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 14:46:00 GMT



Fidget spinners' stress relief claims are under the microscope

Fidget spinners' stress relief claims are under the microscope America's new favorite toy is advertised as a stress reliever, but some medical professionals aren't sure if that claim is valid. Video provided by Newsy Check out this story on USATODAY.com ...

Published:  Thu, 18 May 2017 09:47:00 GMT



Do This, And You'll Better Your Relationship

The benefits of professional massages are clearly documented: they provide stress relief, deliver soothing self-care and relax stiff muscles. But a new study found that couples who skip the professional services and instead massage each other, can also sco ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 09:17:00 GMT



Slow Down for Quick Stress Relief

It sounds much too simple and easy, but slowing down really does work like a magic pill to help reduce stress. Think about it. When you're in a hurry, you're much more likely to be anxious, trying to cut corners, looking for the quickest way to get the ...

Published:  Mon, 22 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT



8 Things Nobody Tells You About Exercising After Childbirth

and almost everything to do with the exquisite stress relief I feel from working out. Plus, it gave me a chance to hand the baby over to my husband (or, with Baby #2, the mail carrier, the InstaCart delivery person, or whoever happened to be around ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 05:20:00 GMT



Stress Relief Is Just One Spin or Click Away

The Trifecta Spinners feature 3 outer bearings around a center bearing that silently spin and rotate, so you can fidget without disrupting anyone around you. Made from high-quality steel bearings, they're small enough to carry anywhere in a pocket.

Published:  Thu, 25 May 2017 09:32:00 GMT



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