Stress is when we find ourselves under pressure that could be caused by extreme feelings or emotions that make us unable to cope or function well. Stress tends to suddenly become a way of life where we may think we are coping well, when in fact we are not!
I believe we all suffer with stress from time to time, but are sometimes unaware of the symptoms.
How can stress affect you?
People react differently when they are under stress and may be totally unaware of their behaviour and how it is affecting them. It is therefore important to notice the symptoms of stress earlier rather than later, before it has become acute, because if not checked, it can also cause illness later on in life.
When you suffer with stress it can cause you to malfunction in many ways including:
Some people tend to keep their feelings 'bottled up' for a very long time when suddenly an incident may trigger off a memory which causes an adverse reaction.
We tend to lead stressful lives when perhaps:
Sometimes we can feel stressed during certain times of the year when we are supposed to feel happy i.e.:
We plan our annual holiday perhaps months in advance but as the time approaches there are so many things to remember:
So when a holiday is supposed to be a restful time, it can instead cause a lot of stress and you may end up feeling like you need yet another one soon after!
Birthdays and special days of remembrance can be difficult and stressful too.
This is a time for celebrations, joy and for giving to one another, but it can also be a sad and stressful time as it can also trigger memories of our loved ones including our pets who are no longer with us.
It is important that you manage your stress levels and learn to relax a bit more and 'chill-out' and here are some ways that can help:
Of course if your stress levels are high you should always seek medical advice and your GP would be able to help.
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