UNDERSTANDING & MANAGING STRESS

Stress is a part of life. We all experience stress, but the amount and types differ from person to person. Stress can be caused by physical factors such as illness or injury, emotional factors such as relationship problems or loss of a loved one and mental factors such as work pressure, financial difficulties or uncertainty over the future. When we are under stress our body reacts with fight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and cortisol which increases blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels making us feel anxious, nervous or irritable. Our immune system, digestive system and reproductive system become chronically downregulated and may shut down completely if we do not take action to reduce our levels of anxiety by reducing the amount of stress in our lives.

Immune System

Stress can cause our immune system to shut down. When we’re under stress, the body releases cortisol into our bloodstream which is a hormone that helps us deal with stress. It also causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate as well as other physical reactions that are meant to prepare us for action. Unfortunately, this response is not always helpful: when it becomes chronic (i.e., happens repeatedly over long periods of time), it can lead to problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

The digestive system can also suffer from stress-related ailments because of its connection with the nervous system; when we’re stressed out, digestion suffers as well–which means more trips through the bathroom! Stress can also affect reproduction because when we’re anxious or upset about something (as most people tend to be), it’s harder for us get pregnant naturally due to hormonal imbalances brought on by those emotions alone; additionally if someone does decide they want children but cannot conceive naturally due to these same reasons then IVF may be required instead – another process fraught with potential complications including poor success rates depending on age range etcetera…

Stress overload.

Stress overload is a term used to describe the chronic activation of the stress response. It can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • A lack of control over your environment or circumstances
  • The perception that you have too much responsibility for others’ needs and wants
  • Being unable to manage certain aspects of your life well enough to meet expectations (e.g., poor organization skills)

Lack of appetite.

Lack of appetite is a very common side effect of stress. It can be caused by many things, including:

  • Anxiety and worry about your job or other aspects of life
  • Depression and negative thinking patterns
  • Not eating enough food in general (e.g., skipping meals)

If you’re experiencing this problem, there are some things you can do to get your appetite back:

  • Eat small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones; this helps keep your metabolism going throughout the day so that it doesn’t slow down when it needs fuel most!
  • Eat foods rich in protein and fat; these help fight off hunger cravings while providing energy at the same time!

Reducing Stress.

While you can’t completely eliminate stress, there are many things you can do to manage it. Here are a few:

  • Meditation and yoga are two of the best ways to relax and reduce stress. If you don’t know how, look into taking classes or practicing at home with online resources like YouTube videos.
  • Breathing exercises are another great way to relax your body and mind so that you can get through the day more easily. Learn these techniques from experts or by watching videos online as well!
  • Getting massages regularly helps relieve tension built up over time–it’s especially good if someone else does all of the work for me! Massage therapy is one of my favorite ways for reducing stress levels because it gives me both physical relief as well as emotional comfort knowing that someone cares enough about me that they want me healthy physically too.

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Sleep.

Sleep is an essential part of your well-being, but it’s easy to take for granted. When we’re awake, our bodies are constantly moving and exerting energy; when we sleep, they can rest and recharge. Sleep deprivation affects us in many ways: it makes us more prone to illness; decreases our ability to concentrate or solve problems effectively; makes us irritable and moody; increases the risk of accidents (including car crashes); may cause weight gain through overeating due to lack of appetite control; and even affects memory formation!

So how much sleep do you really need? The amount varies from person to person based on age, gender and other factors like medical conditions or medications taken–but generally speaking adults require between 7-9 hours every night without fail if they want their brains at full capacity during waking hours.

Nutrition.

It’s important to eat a healthy diet, which means eating more fruits and vegetables. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and avoiding processed foods that are high in sodium. Whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa can be added to salads or pasta dishes; they’re also good sources of fiber which helps keep your digestive system running smoothly.

As far as sugar goes: it’s best if you limit your intake of refined sugars like cane sugar (sucrose) or corn syrup because these types of sweeteners don’t offer any nutritional value at all! Instead try using honey instead; not only does this natural sweetener contain antioxidants but it also contains minerals such as iron which helps keep our blood healthy!

Mental or emotional stress.

Mental or emotional stress. Stress is a part of life, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone if you’re feeling stressed out. There are many reasons why people experience mental or emotional stress:

  • Work-related stress can come from having too much work to do in too little time, feeling overworked by your boss or coworkers, being underpaid for your job responsibilities, dealing with workplace conflict (such as bullying), or even being asked to do something illegal at work (like stealing).
  • Family-related stress comes from family members who don’t get along well together–for example, parents who fight all the time or teenagers who refuse to listen when their parents tell them what to do. This kind of family conflict can lead to depression and other problems later on in life if left unaddressed early enough!
  • Relationship-related issues include breakups with romantic partners; falling out with friends after an argument; losing contact with relatives due to distance/time zone differences etcetera…

Overdoing it

Excessive exercise can lead to a stress response. Trying to force certain things in your training can stress you out. You might be relieved if you hit a certain weight all the time, but feel completely defeated if you don’t. We are always working on ourselves. Self improvement is part of life. Knowing when to add weight and when to take it off the bar is important as well. Self managing your daily tolerance level can help keep you balanced and stay motivated for future workouts.

Find balance

Finding balance is not only important for your health, but it can also help you manage stress. Varying degrees of stress will always be there, but there are ways you can reduce it.

Finding balance means finding ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life. You can do this by getting enough sleep and eating well, exercising regularly and spending time with friends and family members who make you happy. If these things aren’t possible right now because of other commitments or obligations (like work), then try taking breaks during the day where you can get in some proper exercise and take time for yourself.

The key here is learning balance and flexibility in your lifestyle to keep stress at an optimal level. If you take on more stress in one area (like a new project at work or tryingh to force the lifting of a certain weight on a day where it isn’t in the cards), you should anticipate reducing it somewhere else (drop the intensity of your workouts). You just have to recognize when water is pouring in and have an arsenal of ways to let it out.

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