Activities of our daily lives can sometimes become very stressful. When we think of how to manage issues like work, relationships, finance, housing, family and other personal issues all at the same time, our body tends to reach a tipping point.
Stress occurs when you sense or feel that demands placed on you go beyond your ability to cope. Stress can sometimes be a good thing i.e. when it acts as a catalyst to work or to work under pressure. An example of this instance is the energy that enables you to execute a task before a set deadline even when the timing is short. That being said, an extreme amount of stress is unhealthy and should be alleviated. Untreated chronic stress can cause severe health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Hence it is important that we know how to manage stress.
How do we manage stress?
Know when you are stressed:
Like every illness, stress has its symptoms. Symptoms of stress may include anxiety, back pain, constipation or diarrhea, depression, fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping or insomnia, problems with relationships, shortness of breath, stiff neck or jaw, upset stomach, weight gain or loss etc.