Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chronic Stress Management Help

By Jonathan Park

Everybody encounters stress, nobody is exempted from it. In every facet or our life, in every situation we might come across, every success and failure, up to the very mundane parts of our existence we will face stress. Since it is inescapable, it would seem that experiencing constant stress would then be normal. But there are levels of stress that we can consider to be normal and helpful and there are levels which would generally break us down physically and mentally, this is called chronic stress.

Since experiencing stress is generally considered normal what makes chronic stress any different? In order to answer this question we need to delve deep into the machinations of chronic stress. Chronic stress is defined as the brains continuous response to unpleasant events for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives it has no control.

This occurs when the body experiences so many internal or external stressors that the autonomic nervous system rarely has a chance to slow down and relax. It would be important to know at this point that all of us are built to handle acute stress, not chronic stress. While individual tolerance for stress can differ it is undeniable that all of us in one way or another will break down when faced with never ending bombardments of stress.

How do you know if the stress youre experiencing is chronic? Observe the signs. Symptoms between acute and chronic stress differ. Chronic stress symptoms include upset stomach, head and back aches, sleeping problems, anxiety, depression, anger, appetite changes, and hypertension. Severe cases of chronic stress may lead to panic attacks or even a panic disorder. Chronic stress also plays a role in depression and cardiovascular diseases. Not only that, but chronic stress makes you look older than you actually are.

Chronic stress basically develops from all the stress and stressors that we face everyday. Constant problems with the boss, colleagues, or with the workplace itself, family problems, financial problems, and whatnot lead to stress. If these problems go on for a long period of time, it results to chronic stress. The first step in handling stress is to identify each stressor so you can deal with them one by one.

Coping up with stress cannot be done without taking the time to understand it. If you suspect that you have chronic stress, seek help immediately. There are a large number of techniques out there to help you manage your stress levels. Stress management courses can be purchased online or you may enroll yourself somewhere. There are various methods ranging from activities that require practice, to no-brainers like laughing. A good start is learning to cope up with your own fast-paced life. Once you master that, you may find that you do not need to spend a dime in your efforts to beat stress.

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