Can we call any nature of stress “normal”?
This article was first posted on BipolarMentalHealth.com.
Your body has a natural defence system and does what it has to defend itself as and when necessary. This is known as “the fight or flight reaction” and is often associated with situations of fear.
Stress seems to be an unwanted attribute, but is it actually normal?
When this response kicks into gear, your body reacts in different ways. Then you may find that you become more energetic, alert and focused. Some people may find that they become frightened and truly just want to run away.
The fight or flight response is a way that your body deals with stress, as well. Too much stress can put strain on you both mentally and physically while a certain amount of stress is actually healthy. A woman’s body experiences a good stress when going through child-birth. While the body is under pressure, and the woman is experiencing a multitude of emotions, the outcome is a good one. The birth of a new child.
Stress becomes a problem when the cause of the stress is extreme. Your body reacts by producing a variety of symptoms. These include things such as headaches, muscle spasms, back pain, anxiety, loss of appetite or increased appetite, mood swings and an upset stomach.
Some people are able to manage their stress to a higher level. This boils down to how you deal with different circumstances, your attitude, your support network and your own current state of health. People who are suffering from a chronic illness tend to have much lower tolerances to stress.
So while stress is a normal bodily reaction, it is imperative to know when your stress levels are too high. You will know when it is time to take action once you know how you react to stress.
You need to know how to take control of your life and reduce your stress levels. This means learning how to say no, when necessary. You don’t have to be a super hero and no-one is asking you to be one.
Instead learn how to balance your professional and private lives and ensure that you schedule in time for yourself regularly. While anyone can become stressed out, those people who have demanding jobs seem to be at a much higher risk. Do not be afraid to ask for time off or to refuse to work an extra shift, your health depends on it.
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