National Play Day - Raising awareness
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Or maybe you are in awe of a friend who seems to roll so easily with punches that would knock you out.
There is an explanation. Stressors (challenging events) aren’t experienced the same way by everyone.
Stress is caused by a convergence of two factors: The nature and degree of the stressor and the temperament and skills of the individual.
A tornado would certainly qualify as a “stressor”. But a person with an easy-going personality, good coping skills and a loving and supportive group of friends and family will manage it pretty well. A person who is easily stressed, who has never developed methods for coping or who is a loner is going to have a much, much harder time.
Similarly, the break-up of a relationship can cause a person who is insecure or isolated to collapse while a similar break-up, though sad, doesn’t keep a more secure and social person from moving on. This doesn’t necessarily mean that their relationships were any more or less meaningful or that the break-ups were any more or less heart-breaking. The quality of the two people’s internal strengths and external supports are what made the difference.
On the other hand, it’s just true that a pile-up of stressors can make even the most well-adjusted and social person feel like hiding under the covers. Sometimes life hands out too many difficult things at once to deal with. Sometimes, in either a burst of optimism or an inability to say no, an individual takes on more than he or she can handle.
The answer to having a less stressful life, then, is to either decrease the number or intensity of stressors or to increase your own ability to cope. Ideally, you’ll work on both. You’ll never be stress-free. In fact, life would be pretty dull without some stress in it. A reasonable amount of stress is what motivates us to make changes in our lives and to figure out how to address or adapt to challenges. But you can take charge of how stress impacts your life.
Excerpt from Psych Central, read the full article here.
“Everyone reacts differently to stress – it’s a very personal thing.” Stress can occur when the demands put upon someone by certain situations or thoughts, can make them feel angry, frustrated or anxious. However, the things that cause stress can vary from person to person, and what is stressful to one person isn’t always stressful to another.
Stress in itself is not an illness. However, it can contribute to and trigger illness and ill health. Everyone reacts differently to stress and some people have a higher threshold than others.
Too much stress can lead to physical, mental and emotional problems. Anxiety and depression are amongst the most common health problems, and the majority of cases are caused by stress. Research by mental health charities also suggests that a quarter of the population will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
Stress chemicals. When faced with a situation that makes you stressed, your body releases certain chemicals which invoke the fight or flight feelings that help us to deal with the situation. Often the situation does not require this extreme flight or fight response and as a result, these chemicals are not used.
When the chemicals that are released during stressful situations build up from not being used, their effects are felt by the body. These can increase blood pressure, heart rate and the amount that you sweat. Some can prevent your immune system from functioning properly, as well as releasing fat and sugar into your bloodstream.
Causes. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and a situation that one person finds stressful may not be stressful to someone else. Therefore, almost anything can cause stress and it has different triggers.
Sometimes, just the thought of something, or several small things that build up, can trigger stress. Some common causes of stress include:
However, sometimes there are no clear causes of stress. Some people naturally feel more frustrated, anxious or depressed than others, which can lead to them feeling stressed more often.
Pressure. Pressure is a part of all our lives – without it, we could not achieve our full potential. Pressure is inevitable. It comes from a variety of sources including work, home, personal life, holidays and travel, Christmas, exams, business change and balancing work and home life.
Pressure is a neutral force. How we react to pressure can make the difference between good and bad outcomes. Too much pressure without effective coping skills can lead to stress which often leads to physical, mental and emotional problems.
Identifying the triggers and recognising signs and symptoms of stress will enable you to recognise when you are becoming stressed and look at the causes or your coping skills. The chart details the pressure performance curve. Everyday pressures influence how well we feel and how we perform. Ideally, our days need to be in comfort and stretch. Strain and panic reduce performance and increase our risk of ill health.
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