The Diminishing Factor : How Stress Really Affects Your Life

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The Diminishing Factor  How Stress Really Affects Your Life

Let’s talk about stress.

There are two kinds of stress: eustress and distress. One is good, the other bad. One is life-enhancing, pushing you past your comfort zone, the other is destructive, causing your life to fall apart.

Eustress, for instance, can push you to turn in a class assignment at the last minute, make the best speech of your life, or break a world record in a sport.

Distress, on the other hand, can ruin your life. “Keep calm and reduce stress” is advice that works for this type of stress. If left unchecked, it can turn into chronic stress.

It’s distress that we need to address because this type of stress creates a variety of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.

Stress can be particularly hard on women because it accelerates the aging process and causes the skin to sag as it loses elastin and collagen. While there are treatments like Dermclara Clarafuse that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it’s still important to make lifestyle changes as well.

Symptoms of Distress

Distress is signaled by cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms of stress.

Let’s take a quick look at each.

  1. Cognitive Symptoms of Distress

When you feel distress, you have difficulty in concentrating, see only the worst case scenarios, and have difficulty in making up your mind.

Your poor judgment can make even simple decisions hazardous in certain situations. For example, when driving a car and deciding to change lanes without checking to see if they are any passing cars.

  1. Emotional Symptoms of Distress

Your racing thoughts make you anxious about everything. You get depressed if your bank account is low; you think you are going to go bankrupt and live on the streets. You feel unhappy about your relationships.

You feel overwhelmed by small difficulties and find yourself constantly worrying about how things will turn out. This can even lead to either insomnia or nightmares. You can feel moodiness and apathy when at work, then irritability with your kids and loss of temper with your spouse when you get home.

  1. Physical Symptoms of Distress

Distress can make you feel you have no energy. You find yourself weak and nervous. You may even find yourself shaking, twitching, and having tremors. Your muscles may get tense and ache.

Your entire digestive system can get out of whack, with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, belching, heartburn and flatulence. Your metabolism, too, takes a turn for the worse and you may experience drastic weight loss or weight gain without a change in diet.

You may experience such severe symptoms that you begin to panic that you have a life-threatening illness. For instance, you may have a rapid heartbeat, palpitations, and chest pains.

  1. Behavioral Symptoms of Distress

The changes to how you think and feel can affect your behavior. You may develop low interest in your appearance, lose all sense of punctuality, and become increasing disorganized.

If you work at an office, you may start procrastinating and neglecting your responsibilities, making up excuses or telling lies to cover up for your poor work. If you are a full-time student or taking evening classes, you may have trouble learning new information and forget much of what you finally managed to learn

When you begin to feel increasingly worthless, your plummeting low self-esteem may cause you to adopt destructive habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol in excess, and even taking recreational drugs.

How to Turn Things Around

If you notice that you have symptoms of distress, there are many ways to turn things around.

Here are at least 5 things you can do:

  1. Get Help.

Reach out to professionals who can help like a therapist, counselor, or healer. Besides offering you emotional support, they will give you strategies to cope with chronic stress and help you accept that you can’t control everything.

  1. Meditate.

There is no shortage of techniques on how to meditate. Books, videos, and classes are available. You can even just listen to someone on an audiotape talk you into a deep meditative state.

  1. Breathe.

Like meditation, there are numerous breathing techniques you can use to restore your autonomic nervous system. Even if you just learned to take regular walks in the park and take deep breaths, it would help you immensely.

  1. Exercise.

Moving your body will change how you think and feel about your life. Hatha Yoga is an excellent exercise for overall health as it will stretch and tone your muscles, improve your cardiovascular health, and massage your internal organs. If you find it too slow, you can try Vinyasa Yoga, which is fast-paced yoga that is almost as strenuous as aerobics. If yoga does not appeal to you, try running, calisthenics, or weight lifting.

  1. Change Your Mood.

There are many ways to change your mood. If you need to laugh more, watch comedies. It’s hard to sit there in front of your TV  looking glum when you’re watching DVDs of comedians like Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy. Then there is music, which can stimulate you to get up and dance or lie on the couch stroking your cat and mellowing out.

Despite the term chronic stress, it doesn’t mean that you can’t recover from headaches, breakouts, depression, blood pressure, digestion issues, and a wacky metabolism. Laugh it off with a comedy, roll with it on a yoga mat, work it out as you walk through the park, eat it up with nutritious fruits and vegetables, and breathe it out through Vipassana meditation.

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2 Comments

  1. kamar jahan says:

    very detailed write up on stress

  2. Manas Kumar says:

    One of the most Useful Post Brother. Now A days every one has been suffered from this disease of Stress.