Stress is an organism’s response to environmental demands or pressure.
In 1936, canadian physiologist Hans Selye created the science of stress. Selye showed that the body’s first response to negative effects is to mobilize all its defenses.
We can’t change the external circumstances: unemployment, family problems, expenses, conflicts with your boss. What we can do, however, is change our attitude towards these situations!
The Origins of Stress
A common misconception is that stress is external in nature, but it’s wrong to believe it is caused by a stressful situation. It forms inside us, as a response to the external circumstances we perceive as stressful.
See the difference?
In other words, stress depends on us, on our reaction, which explains why people react to the same things differently: some may fall into depression just because a stranger gave them a nasty look, while others stay perfectly composed when everything around crumbles down…
Symptoms of Stress
In a stressful situation, all systems in the organism are stimulated. As soon as our brain receives a danger signal, the body starts synthesizing hormones called adrenaline and cortisone.
The nervous system, without any conscious effort on our part, starts sending signals to all our body parts to prepare for an emergency. As a result of the chemical reactions which take place in our organism, the energy levels rise suddenly and… we feel agitation and pressure.
The stress response leads to changes in our organism:
– sweat secretion intensifies as you become more alert;
– blood clotting ability increases;
– your mouth gets dry;
– breathing becomes heavier and your airways expand;
– your heart beats faster and the blood pressure rises;
– the liver starts releasing more sugar into the blood;
– the urethral and anal sphincters contract;
– your muscles flex, with the blood flowing to them from the intestines…
How to Minimize Stress Symptoms?
First, keep in mind one important rule: don’t try to alleviate your stress with alcohol, as this will only harm your nervous system and contribute to your mental exhaustion!
Second, try not to be nervous. The more calm you are, the less pressure builds up.
Of course, you may argue, ‘Easier said than done! How can you help it? How can I refuse to drink, when it’s the way we’ve been dealing with stress for six generations?’…
Fatigue, nervous tension, responsibility, human interaction, traffic jams, family quarrels – all of these may cause stress, whose effect is felt during the day, as well as at the end of it. You feel tired, nervously exhausted, upset and high-strung.
That’s why we have developed 7 tips on how to deal with stress without medicine or alcohol, which bring only temporary relief, while reducing your organism’s ability to resist stress…
Have you heard the proverb “A danger foreseen is half avoided”?
The point is clear: for instance, everyone should know what to do in order to put out a fire, but it’s even more important to know how to not let it happen (never sleeping with a cigarette clenched between your teeth, an iron left turned on or a waffle maker beside your pillow would be a good example).
The same applies to stress: you should know how to prevent it.
Our motto says “Prevention is better than the cure!”
Next week, we’re going to discuss the 7 tips on how to ward off stress.