It's typical for most people to think of stress as something that mentally distracts us from our normal routine in life. Things like arguments, relationship problems, your boss is getting on your nerves, or maybe your coach is not pleased with your sport performance. All of these situations can cause a significant amount of stress. I know personally, how these types of stressors can negatively impact the body.
But, what about other types of stress? Stress that is from situations that you can not control. Things like- being nervous to perform in front of a group of people, or maybe an interview, or physical stress that impacts your heart rhythm: When your body is uncontrollably shaking from your nerves being shot! Stress.
So, you're wondering, how does stress work?
Physical and psychological threats from personal and environmental factors trigger the human body defense mechanisms. Not just 1, but ALL vital organs in the human body can be triggered, and over a period of time, if stress is not controlled, serious health complications can occur, even death!
Stress is not just a mental reaction, rather it can be brought on from the excitement or fear of a rollercoaster, and even events like public speaking! During the process of stress, the Human body immune system is triggered, thus causing inflammation in the body, and in the development of inflammation, blood is mixed with proteins and enzymes that are sent throughout the body to push off invaders (typically to fight against injury or infection), thus causing heat, pain, or swelling (Heid, 2019-2020).
When stress hangs around for a while, it can disrupt the mind from properly thinking and staying focused, and its ability to properly function. Although short amounts of stress (that are handled) can help a person be proactive and accomplish things, the downside to uncontrolled, long-lasting stress is that it targets not just one area in the body, but all! This means that every-single cell and living organ in the body is negatively affected by stress. Experts have connected uncontrolled stress to pre-existing medical conditions, and have found that the role stress plays in the human body can bring about disease and several dysfunctions that can also lead a person to decline over time. So, if you see something to be a threat to your mind and body, it will likely cause, STRESS.
So, as we dive into stress throughout our next several blog write-ups, we will also touch up on topics like anxiousness and anxiety, and how mental mindset works. While the body's stress response starts in the brain, there are several ways that you can reduce stress, the minute it starts to manifest. Here at GP, we focus on mental techniques that can help reduce stress from causing serious problems with implementation of various breathing techniques that will help reduce anxiety, heart palpitations, and more. And, although (as mentioned above) small amounts of stress can be good for the body to help trigger an immediate response and reaction to a situation, if the stress is not controlled, it can target serious health complications further down the road. And, who really wants to set a timer that will countdown the days you have until being diagnosed with a serious health complication? I thought so!
The best way to work on stress reduction is by implementing stress relieving techniques (especially among the younger population), this way it helps engrain and instill the ability to reduce flare-ups as individuals become older and are likely to undergo advanced stressors throughout life.
Things To Practice: Breathing Techniques, Interactive physical fitness, loving yourself, take a break, gardening, acupuncture, home remedies, and healthy nutrition intake.
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Heid, M. (2019-2020). Rising to the challenge. Special Time edition, The science of stress, manage it. Avoid it. Put it to use.