Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. 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-or-freeze” 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, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV.
It’s important to learn how to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar, even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll.
The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently. Not only can overwhelming stress lead to serious mental and physical health problems, it can also take a toll on your relationships at home, work, and school.
Some ways to deal with stress include: taking a short power nap, eating a favorite food as a stress food, talking to someone you can trust and any other way you can think of that has worked for you in the past.
With tax season coming up, it is common to be stressed, whether you are getting tax money back which is a positive response to stress. Or you will need to pay the government taxes, which can be stressful.
Staying inside and not going anywhere can lead to cabin fever thus creating more stress. I make at least one phone call a day to a friend or relative to keep in touch and this seems to reduce my stress level and keep me in touch with the outside world.
Have a great day! And remember not to stress too much!