What is Stress?
Stress is all around us. Stress affects our health and relationships. But what is stress? What is it doing to our health?
This part of the website is an introduction to stress, we look at what is stress and also what the
definition of stress is.
So many of us are affected by stress in our lives. But for most people it is neither clear what stress is, nor what society really defines stress as.
Stress seems to be in the news all the time nowadays but what is it? And you suffering from it?
What is stress?
For example, when we move house, which can be a very stressful situation, the body reacts.
Stress causes the body to start pumping adrenaline around the body, the heart rate increases and we have, in the short term, more mental clarity and energy.
This is the fight or flight syndrome. This means that the body is preparing itself for this stressful situation.
And in the short term this ‘stress’ is very helpful. We get things done. We have more energy.
But in the long term, the health effects can be disastrous. In our example of moving house, if the deal falls through and we have to wait another 6 weeks for the paperwork, our stress levels go through the roof. The body can only react to stress for a certain amount of time before it needs to rest.
Imagine lions in the Serengeti. When they hunt, their bodies pump with adrenaline and their minds are focused to an extreme. But afterwards they spend most of the day sleeping and resting. They need to recover. Stress requires that.
We humans spend most of our time ‘hunting’ and only a short period of time ‘resting’. No wonder we are so tired and stressed out.
What Is Stress?
Example of Stress
I remember working in sales in London. I had just graduated from university and needed to earn money.
The job in itself was extremely stressful and there was a lot of
workplace stress. I had targets to meet and lots of people to call on the phone – 50 calls a day was my target.
It was challenging to say the least.
But it was at this time that I started to question what stress was all about. I started to ask myself what is stress. I started to question what I could do to help myself.
I asked myself how I could face the stress that was in my life.
I started to read self help books and started to meditate every day.
My stress levels decreased. I started to understand the question of ‘what is stress’ and what I could do about it.
It made such a difference. It made me feel that I wasn’t alone in feeling stressed and that there were other people out there in the same position. Most importantly I realized that there were things I could do to
So by asking myself about stress, challenging myself to look at how I was adding to my stress, I learned and grew.
The Way Out of Stress
So by looking at your life and looking at how stress affects it really helps to firstly admit there is a problem. So this is the first step - working out what stress is. Once you understand it you can then see where it is occurring in your life.
The second step therefore is working out if you have any
symptoms of stress in your life.
The third step is working out what is causing this stress. By looking at what causes stress is very important because once you have identified what is causing the stress you can then do something about this.
By defining and understanding exactly what is stress, we identify the problem, the illness.
And once we know what and where the illness is, then we can heal it.
And this is what this website is about: showing you that you have choices when it comes to stress. You can do something and that there are very real, and very useful
out there that not only work but work really, really well. Techniques like
So hopefully these articles will start to help you to see how stress affects your life. It is not always a pretty sight but it is a sight that we need to see.
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