Psychology Page 15

Stress is your body’s reaction to any demanding activity, physical or emotional. Contrary to popular belief, stress does not always do harm to your body. For example, when you are in danger, stress causes certain muscles in your body to enter a hyperactive state where they perform much better than their usual. To deal with the overheating problem, you sweat, cooling these muscles down. This can save your life in dangerous situations. Excessive or long periods of stress on the other hand, will damage your body and mind and slow your performance down.

Stress symptoms manifest themselves in many different ways, both emotional and physical. Some physical signs of stress are headaches, feeling tired all the time, body pain and insomnia. Some emotional signs include problems controlling your temper, becoming reserved, losing your self-confidence and not being able to calm down or relax.

People deal with stress differently. Some choose unhealthy ways of dealing with stress; smoking, eating too much junk food, becoming increasingly lazy and physical violence are to name some. These ways of dealing with stress will not only damage your body and mind, but they will also become less effective as time goes by.

But there are healthy ways of dealing with stress as well.

Deal with the root, not the symptoms

It is important that you pay attention to what has created a stressful situation for you. The symptoms will eventually go away once the source is present no more. So next time you’re all nervous and stressed out at work, don’t pay too much attention to your shaky hands. Instead, think about what might have caused all the stress. Is it your constant arguments with your colleagues? Or is it the fear of not being able to finish a project in the due time?

Remember that you cannot control everything

Although you can keep many different things under your control, it is impossible to have control over all the events in your life. A lot of things that influence your life are out of your control. For example rush hour traffic may not be something you can control, but leaving home a few minutes earlier can help you avoid a stressful situation out of your control.