Coping with Stress


Stress is hard

There are so many reasons why we are stressed out.
Each person is different, and each person has a different method to cope with stress.
It can be just talking with another person,
Eating,
Reading,
Art and craft,
Exercise,
Playing video games,
Anything….


But let’s first define what is stress, the different types, and what is the cause of stress deep down.


The definition of stress from Merriam Webster is

  1. “constraining force not influence: such as
    a. A force exerted when one body it body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part
    Especially: the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in pounds per square inch
    b. The deformation caused in a body by such a force
    c. A physical, chemical, or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation
    d. A state resulting from as stress
    Especially: one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium
    e. Strain, pressure
    //the environment is under stress to the point of collapse
    -Joseph Shoben
  2. Emphasis, weight
    //lay stress on a point
  3. Archaic: intense effort or exertion
  4. The intensity of utterance given to a speech sound, syllable, or word producing relative loudness
  5. a. Relative force or prominence of sound in verse
    b. A syllable having relative force or prominence

There are three different type of stress.

Acute stress: this is the most common form of stress and it is recognized by most people. It is short-term in most situations but it can be long-term as well. Acute stress occurred from demands and pressures of the recent past or/and from worrying about the near future. An overdose of this type of stress can lead to psychological distress, tension headaches, upset stomach, and etc. symptoms. Since this can happen to anyone, and it is most communing, it is very treatable and manageable.

Episodic acute stress: This type of stress is like the next level of acute stress. It is those who experience it more often than usual. It is like over-reacting with acute stress. Aka-worry warts. Tends to over aroused, short-tempered, irritable, anxious and tense. For this, it may take many months, intervention on many levels, and professional help to be back to yourself.

Chronic stress: This is not very bearable as the acute stress. Chronic stress is like a never-ending story and feels there is no solution of what you are going through. AKA the stress of poverty. It may be started off from early childhood being traumatized and it stays with you till now. It often needs some professional help to cope with it. Sometimes it is very dangerous because some people got to use to it that it is familiar to them. Chronic stress may take advance of you if you let it. It can increase suicide, violence, heart attack etc.

Deep down, everyone experience stress at one point in their life. It may be small or it may be very large on a scale. But this doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. It is temporary and with the right support group in your circle, you can get through this. Like a piece of cake.

Support group in your circle matters a lot. They will help you, be there for you when you need them the most, listen to you and give you advice. Sometimes you will not like what you hear but it is helpful advice from your peers. 

Resources:

 American Psychological Association, http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-kinds.aspx

Natasha At Home

Life and Relationship Coach

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