Managing Stress

by Standup 2 Heart Disease, February 17, 2018

Are too many pressures and demands on you? Are you losing sleep worrying about work, school or overdue bills? Eating on the run because your schedule is just too busy? You’re not alone. Everyone experiences stress at times — adults, teens, and even kids. But there are ways to minimize stress and manage the stress that’s unavoidable.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse.

If you don’t know how to control the stress, you will likely become moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer and your performance at important activities may suffer.

Stress is created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness.

Stress can be caused from a variety of situations including outright physical danger to making a class presentation or taking a semester’s worth of your toughest subject.

The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism.

Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.

When working properly, the body’s stress response enhances a person’s ability to perform well under pressure. But the stress response can also cause problems when it overreacts or fails to turn off and reset itself properly. Stress can burn out the adrenal glands leading to chronic fatigue and other health problems.

The stress response (also called the fight or flight response) is critical during emergency situations, such as when a driver has to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. It can also be activated in a milder form at a time when the “pressure” is on but there’s no actual danger, like stepping up to take a foul shot that could win the basketball game, getting ready for a business presentation, or sitting down for a final exam. A little of this stress can help keep you on your toes, ready to rise to a challenge and the nervous system quickly returns to its normal state, standing by to respond again when needed.

But stress doesn’t always happen in response to things that are immediate or that are taken care of quickly. Ongoing or long-term events, like coping with a divorce or moving to a new neighborhood or school, and money worries can cause stress, too.

Long-term stressful situations can produce a lasting, low-level stress that’s hard on people. The nervous system senses continued pressure and may remain slightly activated and continue to pump out extra stress hormones over an extended period. This can wear out the body’s reserves, leaving a person feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, weakening the body’s immune system, and causing other problems.

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