If not managed effectively is something that can sneak up on you. Stress isn’t initially bad in fact it can be helpful In small doses. Stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. Keep in mind if you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled, anxious and overwhelmed, it’s time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance.
You can protect yourself — and improve how you think and feel, by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.
What is stress?
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger, whether it’s real or imagined, the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the "stress response."
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, slamming on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The “fight or flight” response is the body’s way of identifying a threat. Often you decide ways to challenge the issue or run away from it. Usually stress is increased when there are events that cause significant stress and you are unable to leave the situation. Usually family, work, or financial stress increase when you have exhausted your ability to cope.
Keep in mind stress can also help you rise to meet challenges. It’s what keeps you on your toes during a meeting at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting a game winning throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather surf the internet. When stress is excessive, It’s no longer helpful causing major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and your quality of life.
If you are stressed about something and would like to discuss it with me. Call me at 908-350-8643 or email me at Contact@journeyfulfilled.com to schedule a session. I look forward to working with you.
Crystal Evans, LCSW ,LCADC