Stress is how the body responds to pressure or demands. There are different types of stress but they all have both mental and physical effects. It is important to recognize the signs and also know how to manage them and when to seek professional help. Here are a few things you should know about mental stress:
1. Everyone, irrespective of age, race or gender gets stressed. We are all exposed to various forms of triggers that can stress us. Yet we vary in our abilities to adapt to these changes. This means though we all experience stress, our bodies respond to it differently.
2. Feeling stressed might have a positive side. Surprised? At times when we are exposed to danger, your body is put under stress, your heart beats faster, supplying blood to all cells at a quicker rate, your brain utilizes more oxygen and gets you powered up to either take a flight or fight. Also, imagine yourself having a deadline at work and you’ve probably been procrastinating, once you see you haven’t got much time left, your brain almost goes into overdrive. And you wonder how you were able to get the job done on such a short amount of time. That is because of the mental pressure you place on yourself. A silver lining to the stress cloud.
3. When stress symptoms persist for long, they can cause more harm to you than good. When stress isn’t managed or properly managed, it could expose you to other health conditions like anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, migraine, e.t.c.
4. There are pretty easy ways to manage mild stress. Once you recognize the symptoms, you could perform simple activities like meditation, yoga, breathing exercise, aerobic exercises e.t.c. Ensure you take out time to do these regularly. You don’t have to wait till you are stressed to start taking these exercises as a regular practice is sure to keep you feeling good and positive all day.
It is also a good idea to share with someone who can provide adequate support. Stay around positive people and get involved in activities that you enjoy doing and that make you feel good about yourself.
Don’t forget that there are health professionals who can help you manage this effectively. Seek help before you get overwhelmed.
When mental stress becomes overwhelming, some people go into a deep deep depression and they could get suicidal. Suicide has been found to be the second leading cause of death in teenagers and young adults aged 15-29. The World Health Organization also reports that about 800,000 people commit suicide every year. These could be reduced if there had been early detection of the mental stress they were going through and if it was properly managed.
Maintaining good mental health is very important to live a long, healthy and happy life.