In our day-to-day life, we face various situations some easy and some difficult to deal with which causes stress. It is a body’s response of fight–or–flight to cope with emotional and physical demands bought by stressful situations where there is inadequacy or failure to respond adequately to intellectual, emotional, or physical demands whether actual or imagined. 74% of the Indians suffer from stress.

 The causes of stress might be intrinsic factors (Hormones, illness, underlying medical conditions) or extrinsic factors (emotional and social demands and situations) or both vary from one individual to another. The stress ranges from mild, moderate to severe depending on the individuals coping abilities. Acute stress could be a result of sudden unexpected demands while episodic stress is the result of recurring stressful events or episodes over a time period, chronic stress is prolonged high-levels of stress inhabited and extended over a longer time.

 There a positive sides and benefits of ‘normal stress’ or ‘good stress’ or ‘beneficial stress’ which motivates to accomplish or reach the goal faster which is called Eustress. If this stress increases it impacts negatively causing absurd harmful outcomes which are called distress. A little stress helps us to get prepared and face the challenges effectively prior to approaching them it motivates us to work harder, focuses better, and perform best of our ability.

 But stress should always be temporary, once after passing the stressful event the stressful feeling should reduce such as racing heart rate, discomfort, muscle tension, etc. and the body should return to a normal state without any lasting negative effects. If this doesn’t happen and the stress continues to prolong it can harmfully affect physical and mental health.

 It is impossible to avoid or eradicating stress from our lives but we can definitely learn better ways to cope with, and manage our stress without getting affected physically and mentally with a little support and proper guidance.

What are the signs and symptoms that someone dealing with the negative impacts of stress?

 When an individual senses some danger, the hypothalamus in the brain reacts and sends signals to adrenal glands to release some chemical components through the neural pathways. These hormones are the biological messengers that prepare or activate our fight or flight response to the situation. At any point in time if there is an imbalance in the hormonal release or functioning results in abnormal physical and mental health issues affecting the individual’s life.

The individuals with stress recognize themselves as having the following issues.

 · High heart rate and breathing rate

 · Increased sweating

 · High blood pressure

 · Headaches

 · Panic attacks

 · Depression

 · Anxiety

 · Insomnia or oversleeping

 · Weight gain or weight loss

 · Digestive problems

 · Eating disorders

 · Leading to substance abuse or alcoholism

Prolonged or chronic stress could result in harmful effects on the body causing it more susceptible for 

 · Heart attack or stroke

 · Obesity


 · Sleep problems

 · Diabetes

 · Weakening immune system

 · Fatigue and memory problems

 · Cognitive and behavioral issues.

 In order to manage stress understanding and identifying the cause of the stress and its trigger points is very important and it helps in finding and choosing the effective way to cope with the impact of stress thus avoiding the negative impacts of the stress.

 If you can’t manage your stress or you think it’s overwhelming and affecting you negatively, do the right thing by taking professional support. If these symptoms are not treated at the right time could result in many harmful health issues.

 Our therapists have helped many individuals to overcome stress and lead a happy life with an advanced approach toward wellness by integrating a holistic approach of multimodal treatment plans that are effective and efficient in helping out clients develop a strong mind-set and the best suitable coping strategies

 Take a step of reaching out to us for a stress-free life and a happy healthy life with our professional support.

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