What is stress?
What causes stress?
A lot of people believe stress is from their environment, people, pressure, time – it is none of this it is how we react to this.
- Spilt milk at home and your reactions
- We have a response called fright or flight – summon all the resources we need to fight something or flee it.
- When we have this stress response the body changes, heart beats faster, brain function changes, vision narrows while it is lifesaving people are using this response on a daily basis e.g. Waiting in the post office queue
What are some of the signs and symptoms of stress?
Cognitive Signs and Symptoms:
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
Physical Signs and Symptoms:
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
Emotional Signs and Symptoms:
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
Behavioural Signs and Symptoms:
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
One of my guiding principles is that every situation, good or bad, offers a gift that provides some benefit. It’s just a matter of finding the gift. Many people who are overtaken by events are quick to declare them a setback or disaster. Instead you can ask, “Where’s the gift in this?” – John McGrath