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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.

Stress Relief: How to Relax in 1 Minute, 1 Hour or 1 Day

We lead stressful lives these days, and it only builds as mobile devices increasingly demand our time, working hours never seem to end, family responsibilities continue to grow, and health issues require attention. Stress isn't just unpleasant though ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:00:00 GMT



A New Form of Stress Relief

We all have those days. Nothing is going right, work is piled high, everyone seems to be expecting everything from you, and you do not have any time to do any of it. At the end of the day, you try to ease the stress- you take a bath, eat some comfort ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:45:00 GMT



5 Stress Management Tips When Things Get Out of Hand

It's absolutely normal to feel powerless when you encounter stress, but to think that there's nothing you can do about it is definitely not normal. You can avoid things from getting out of control by taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, lifestyle ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:00:00 GMT



Moneyball for Mindfulness: Mets Try More Coaches for Stress Management

Few people have done as much to push baseball's front office revolution over the last quarter century as New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. During his tenure with the Oakland Athletics, Alderson hired Billy Beane and turned him on to the idea ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:20:00 GMT



Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review: The Best Stress Relief

I can't stress enough how lovely Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is. As much as I love videogames, I frequently lose my patience when playing them. I'll get mad if I die, I'll get mad if I can't do something (and I often can't do something ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:32:00 GMT



Stress symptoms? THIS easy everyday habit can reduce work and lifestyle related anxiety

This can cause a number of undesirable side effects, as well as having some long term health implications. The NHS characterises symptoms of stress as including headaches, muscle tension or pain, dizziness, sleep problems, feeling tired all the time and ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:58:00 GMT



Stress Management Among Students In Universities

At what age do students have the greatest stress? Young parents might say preschoolers have the greatest stress. They are leaving their parents for the first time, and have many reasons to be afraid. Older parents say middle school students have the most ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:13:00 GMT



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