Everyone goes through stress in their day-to-day life. Also, everyone goes through different types of stress and has different ways to manage it. But, do we know our stress? How to manage our stress? And do we know stress can be positive also? Well, some of us do and some of us don’t. So, let’s find about Stress and how to manage it.
What is Stress?
Stress is the psychological, physiological, and behavioral response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equilibrium between the demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over some time, leads to ill-health. (Palmer, 1989)
What are types of stress?
There are three commonly known stresses and they are:-
I) Acute Stress:-
The most common stress we encounter in day-to-day life is Acute stress. It is short-term stress that can either be positive or negative.
II) Chronic Stress:-
It is the opposite of Acute stress. Chronic stress feels never-ending and has serious impacts on life. For example, the stress of bad marriage, traumatic experiences.
III) Episodic Acute Stress:-
When a person experiences Acute stress more frequently then that stress is known as Episodic Acute stress. Episodic Acute stress can be very exhausting both physically and mentally.
How do you know if you’re going through stress?
As mentioned above, everyone goes through different types of stress. Mentioned below are some of the common symptoms of stress:-
★ Difficulty sleeping;
★ Weight gain or weight loss;
★ Stomach pain;
★ Excessive sleeping;
★ Social isolation;
★ Teeth grinding;
★ Panic attacks;
★ Difficulty concentrating;
★ Sweaty hands or feet;
★ Feeling overwhelmed;
★ and obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
Now that you know enough about stress, its types, and its symptoms, let’s know about stress management and some stress management techniques.
What is Stress management?
Stress management is what it sounds like, it is a set of techniques and programs planned to help people with stress.
Mentioned below are some different Stress management techniques and strategies:-
I) Take a break from technology.
II) Manage your time.
III) Stop overthinking.
IV) Create healthy boundaries.
V) Make changes in your diet and exercise regularly.
VI) Start Meditating.
VII) Get enough sleep.
VIII) Talk to your family and friends.
IX) Build resilience.
X) Practice Mindfulness.
Stress can affect you and your surrounding. So be aware of what kind of stress you are going through. And start practicing the techniques mentioned above for your well-being. Take time to time breaks from your work. And always remember not every stress has a negative impact, some of the stress pushes you to make the best out of it.
Live your life, live your dreams, live it with more positive stress than negative.