Jimmy Bryant

Life Coaching & New Views on Business

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“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence ” Norman Vincent Pale

Stress comes when we perceive ourselves as smaller that we are and the task in front of us as bigger that  it really is.

It is  the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness.

The events that provoke stress are called stressors.

The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus give signals to the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.

This natural reaction is known as the stress response. Working properly, the body’s stress response enhances a person’s ability to perform well under pressure. But the stress response can also cause problems when it overreacts or fails to turn off and reset itself properly.

Good Stress and Bad Stress

The stress response (also called the fight or flight response) is critical during emergency situations like avoiding an accident. It can also be activated in a milder form at a time when the pressure’s on but there’s no actual danger — like  sitting down for a final exam. A little of this stress can help you get  ready to rise to a challenge. And the nervous system quickly returns to its normal state, standing by to respond again when needed.

But stress doesn’t always happen in response to things that are immediate or that are over quickly. Ongoing or long-term events, like coping with a divorce or moving to a new neighbourhood or school, can cause stress, too.

Long-term stressful situations can produce a lasting, low-level stress that’s hard on people. The nervous system senses continued pressure and may remain slightly activated and continue to pump out extra stress hormones over an extended period. This can wear out the body’s reserves, leave a person feeling depleted or overwhelmed, weaken the body’s immune system, and cause other problems.

Signs of Stress Overload

People who are experiencing stress overload may notice some of the following signs:

  • anxiety or panic attacks.
  • a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried.
  • irritability and moodiness.
  • physical symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain.
  • allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma.
  • problems sleeping.
  • drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing legal or illegal drugs.
  • sadness or depression.

Everyone experiences stress a little differently. Some people become angry and act out their stress or take it out on others. Some people internalize it and develop eating disorders or substance abuse problems. And some people who have a chronic illness may find that the symptoms of their illness flare up under an overload of stress.

Stress Management:

To create your own circumstances according to your values and capabilities instead of letting them to overtake you.

To learn to relax, breath deeply and practice  moderate and aerobic exercise.

To define your problems clearly and put them into the right perspective.

To plan and enjoy a healthy leisure time, including handicraft jobs requiring concentration and relax to regenerate your nervous system.

To learn time management to get the most of it with less effort, prioritising the important and the really urgent.

To learn to trust more in life and people, giving them the benefit of the doubt and delegating when possible the task, not the responsibility.

To Keep work issues for work time and home ones for home.

To be aware of excessive competitiveness, the external need for attention and self-demands.