Stress affects the human body in multiple ways. It is important to understand the nature of stress and how it affects the body. Understanding and utilizing stress management practices can help one live a more healthy and productive life.
The article, “Stress Management: The Biological Nature of Stress” by Snow Qu states,
“One of the most prominent effects of stress on the human mind is its influence on cognitive abilities. A study published in Molecular Psychiatry found that those who experience stress are more vulnerable to mood changes and anxiety disorder later in their lives. ”
Stress is a natural part of life. Stress occurs daily but its universal impact is a subjective experience. Many people succumb to stress and allow it to affect them while some are able to deal with stress and minimize its effects. Some individuals respond as an extrovert, while others allow stress to eat them within as an introvert. Some respond with rage, while others enter into isolation and depression.
Stress can originate from our daily schedule and the nature of one’s life. If one understands his or her position in life and what comes with it, these natural stresses come less as a surprise. Someone who commutes to New York City everyday, naturally expects the stress of heavy traffic and road rage scenarios. While the stress is real and present, its effect is determined by the individual’s outlook on life and what he or she expects for that day. The stress of this traffic can build over time but someone who has developed stress coping strategies can more effectively deal with the traffic and minimize its impact on daily life.
The same is true for an individual who may work in a office. One should expect numerous phone calls interrupting assignments, as well as multiple deadlines and potentially obnoxious co-workers. These stresses while unpleasant are nevertheless expected stresses. An individual who identifies stressors that are indigenous to one’s daily life will more successfully navigate the day and cope with the stresses that may confront them.
Likewise is the nature of one’s vocation in life. Parents experience different stresses that single people never can imagine. Parents are not only concerned with meeting the expectations of what need done in their own personal lives, but also must be concerned with the child’s needs. Whether that stress is a crying baby, ensuring the children arrive at school, or take children to extracurricular activities, parents understand that certain stresses manifest throughout the day. These potential stresses are certainly not foreign ideas that can emerge throughout the day but are sometimes expected or not entirely a surprise if they do occur.
Natural stresses that are part of one’s daily life are balanced to some extent. They are expected. One knows what to expect on Monday through Friday and what particular challenges come with those days. The balancing act of coping with those stresses in a mild way and still managing the day is a very precarious balance though. The degree of the stress or an unexpected stress can totally unravel one’s neatly planned day. One may plan on heavy traffic on their way to the commute, but not be prepared for a fender bender. One may be ready for the challenge to have all the children arrive to school on time, but not be ready to receive a call a from a teacher that your child skipped class or misbehaved. These issues can unravel one already dealing with the everyday notion of stress.
One can identify stressors that are common and have a plan but when unexpected stressors occur, they can induce a panic, rage, or break down. In addition to unplanned stress, multiple stressors can also play a role. One may be fine with a rude honk from behind in traffic, but later, not be so fine with the person who cuts in front, or even later, the person at work who parks in one’s favorite spot. Simply then add a spilled coffee on one’s favorite shirt and a lack of emotional control could emerge. Certain singular stresses may be manageable but for many, multiple stressors, merely build up to a volcanic eruption.
So while individuals deal with natural stressors, they must also learn to deal with unexpected stressors and multiple stressors at once. While one can expect certain stress to exist naturally within one’s day, one must be also able to cope with the unexpected and multiple issues that may appear uninvited on one’s schedule.
Life has order but it always does not keep to order. This may be very difficult for an OCD person to accept but plans change. One needs to have a plan, a set daily, weekly and monthly schedule, but stress, life itself and issues arise that deviate from anyone’s plan. One can estimate what type of stress or difficulty may occur with a given project, day, or week, but to truly cope with stress, one must be ready to deviate from the path planned if necessary.
This goes beyond basic Anger Management and Stress Management which identifies issues that arise and teach trained responses to them, but goes a step even farther back basic recognition, and teaches expectations of not only the expected but unexpected as well. One must be flexible in response and able to cope with new unexpected stressors in a better and healthy way.
Of course emotion is a key. Emotion can be irrational and it can over react to stressors and various imperfections within one’s personality can emerge. One truly must learn to know oneself, if one wishes to handle stress and anger on a given day. This goes beyond expecting what stress goes with a day. It goes beyond realizing that plans rarely go to plan. It is even more than realizing that somedays are just bad days filled with multiple stresses at once. It entails, one honestly examining one’s personality and identifying emotional responses to past stress and where personality defects exist within oneself.
This examination of self asks questions regarding oneself. It asks if one is patient, if one is kind, if one is mature, if one is reserved as opposed to impatience, rudeness, immaturity and anger. How we cope truly defines oneself. One naturally likes to see the best of oneself. One who rises to the occasion, controls emotion, and has intelligent responses to situations that are managed by reason not emotion, but this is not always the case.
A person who possesses these traits and is able to handle anger and stress is not only trained but also disciplined. It probably did not occur by accident or over night, but was a skill that was painfully worked on everyday. It was a virtue forged in fire, perfected over numerous falls and conscious restraint in stressful and angry situations. Training one’s will and mind to respond a certain way that is not immature, rash, or angry is a difficult task.
So while it does ensue identifying stressors, preparation and expectation of the unexpected, it also revolves around spiritual and mental betterment. It involves a conscious decision to change one’s response and emotional self to life situations. It is a new spiritual outlook on life that accepts stress, not just daily stress, but every type of cross that may fall upon oneself. It is a universal reaction to every situation that surrounds itself with patience, understanding, and kindness.
So Stress Management and Anger Management is more than just a few sessions of recorded response but is also a re-awakening of self to the world and how it works. It is an acceptance of the temporal reality and how one is going to allow that reality to shape oneself. One can go about as a crazed and AN unhealthy maniac reacting to stress in unhealthy and unsocial ways, or one can start to see the world in a less selfish way that puts others first and emphasizes vocation of life and giving back whatever troubles may occur from it.
This giving back can be a spiritual one where everything is given to God, or for non religious, a giving back to society and its betterment. If one is able to turn stress and how one reacts to it into a more positive spin, where one overcomes it and is able to make society better, or for religious and spiritually minded, offering to God, then one can truly start to see that all stress is natural to this world and no plan is concrete. The plan that matters most is God or the universe’s plan and how one properly plays one’s role.
If one submits to the universal plan of life and starts seeing one’s unique role in the bigger picture, one can become more aware of reality and how stressors are merely noises taking one away from the bigger picture. One needs to deal with stressors effectively. In dealing effectively, one will experience a more calm, healthy, and quiet life.
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Interviews are life changing events in many lives. Stress can make or break a successful interview. Interviews need to be stress free and individuals need to know how to control stress to maximize their chances of being successful
The article, “It’s important to manage job-interview stress” by Bob Weinstein discusses the importance of stress control during interviewing. He states,
“In good or bad economies, interview stress is a given in the job-hunting process. No matter how much preparation they do, job candidates experience stress prior to the interview and during the interview. During both occasions, the stress can be equally intense, according to Ken Siegel, a management consultant in Beverly Hills, California, and Sharon Keys Seal, an executive coach in Pasadena, Maryland.”
How one handles stress is key to their overall health. Do they keep it in or let it out? One needs to know how to cope with stress but one needs to also understand the nature of stress itself. In doing so, one can battle stress more effectively.
The article, “The psyche of easing stress” by Dr Neeraj Raj B, looks at the deeper nature of stress. He states,
“Stress has been established as a cause of anger, depression, headaches, heart attacks, accidents, even cancer, suicide, and other health problems. Therefore, it becomes highly important to deal with the stress to lead a healthier life.”
It is crucial in how we cope and handle stress. To learn more about coping stress, please review the entire article and click here
Stress and eating can go hand and hand. Many people cope with stress in different ways. Eating can be a very unhealthy way to deal with stress if it is consistent and in large amounts. It can deviate one from regular exercise and lead to bad dietary habits.
The article, “Stress-eating: Five strategies to slow down” by Kelly Bilodeau states,
“Weight gain has many underlying causes but one of the most common is something we all experience: stress. Whether it’s the, mild temporary kind caused by a traffic jam or major and chronic, triggered by a traumatic life event — stress is no friend to your waistline”
To learn more about stress and eating, please review the article by clicking here
Stress in the corporate world can cause hypertension and possible heart attack. It is important to monitor stress and keep it down while working and managing a company. Stress Management helps keep the anxiety and stress down.
The article, “Stress and hypertension in corporate world” by the Elets News Network states,
“Stress is a serious growing concern in the corporate world. In this fast moving world, where everything is time bound, employees are usually under a lot of stress to complete tasks. This lack of balance between workplace demands and job control is the root cause of chronic and acute stress. This is also considered one of the frequent factors in the etiology of hypertension in today’s challenging world.”
Stress does not have to control your life. Learn more about controlling stress through better stress management techniques. Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.
Stress is not a natural state of the body but a reactionary one. Stress hormones are produced during the fight or flight moment when a person faces intense moments. The moment can be a life threatening one or a moment that requires more attention. The body is designed to handle these situations in short term reactions.
Stress though over a long period of time can cause health issues. While it is good to produce these hormones in emergency situations, it is counter productive over a long period of time. Due to this, stress is very unhealthy for the body over long periods of time.
Stress can cause headaches, depression, insomnia, weakened immune system, higher blood sugar, higher risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and for women, missed periods. Chronic stress symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia and depression. (1)
In the central nervous system, stress produces hormones adrenaline and cortisol. These help speed up the heart beat to deal with danger. This is the reason we call it the fight or flight response. While this is good in the short term, it causes long term issues on the heart and blood pressure.
The digestive system during stress also reacts. It increases one’s glucose to boost energy during stress. While this is temporarily good, it can have long term problems, leading to diabetes two.
The respiratory and cardiovascular systems also play a role during stress. Due to cortisol, it allows your heart to beat faster but also for your blood to absorb more oxygen. This is not good for those suffering from asthma. It is also not good for the long term, leading to higher blood pressure and chance of stroke.
The muscular system is also affected during stress. The muscles tighten up during stress. This can lead to headaches and other muscles spasms. In addition to this, the sexual organs are also affected negatively during stress. In men it lowers testosterone and in women it affects menstrual cycles.
The immune system is also negatively effected by stress. Stress overtime weakens the immune system which leads to many becoming sick when over stressed over a long period of time.
Ultimately, stress hormones are essential to our survival, but chronic stress is unhealthy. The temporary adjustments to stress are good but overtime they are destructive to numerous systems of the body. This is why stress management is so pivotal to good health. Stress Management helps individuals cope with stress hence reducing long term health issues. (2)
It is pivotal for good health to identify stress. Somethings in life are worth worrying about short term and need our attention but many things need to be controlled. Stress Management helps an individual identify whats important and how to cope properly. Stress Management also helps one to identify what is not important.
Some critical stress management techniques can help one reduce stress and become more healthy. Of course the first step in stress management is overall mental view of life. How one reacts to anger and anxiety determine how we cope. Issues from work or home can build up if not properly dealt with from a mental standpoint. A healthy mindset is key to good stress management.
Stress Management hence is closely tied to Anger Management. Identifying triggers that are not essentially stress worthy is important. If triggers can be spotted, then an individual can avoid them or minimize them.
In addition to targeting potential triggers, individuals need to also know how to relax. Relaxation is a key element to stress management. Reducing frustration, mental worry and physical symptoms are important steps to long term health. Many individuals utilize meditation, yoga, or other spiritual practices to reduce stress. Massages and other physical therapies also help. Over working can be a negative thing at times, and individuals sometimes need a vacation, or simply a nice long nap. It is critical to be able to let off steam. Some utilize hobbies, or sports or the gym, to do this, but if one does not have the ability to reduce stress, it will overtake one’s life.
After noting triggers and having ways to reduce stress, individuals need to know how to limit stress around them as well. Rules at home or work that generate a certain type of order can help. Disorder is a big contributor to stress. Organization at home and work can play a large role.
While some find more stress at home, others find more stress at work. Working with difficult people, deadlines and heavy work load can all contribute to that. Some things cannot be avoided and need coped with but other things can be minimized. Again through good communication and organization, stress can be reduced anywhere.
Stress appears in anything in life. This is a reality. As living organisms, we are open to stressful situations by the very definition of living itself. One can learn to deal with legitimate stress appropriately or allow it to overtake one’s life. As we saw, chronic stress has way too many negative impacts on the body to be ignored. It is hence very important to face and reduce in one’s life. Stress Management is the key to spotting stress and coping with it. Stress Management also offers a variety of ways to escape stress and reduce anxiety levels.
Since stress is such a big reality in life, stress management is sought after by millions of people. Individually people seek stress management consultants for aid. Large corporations also look for stress management consultants. Employers have discovered that a less stressful work environment is conducive to higher employee productivity.
Stress Management Consulting is in very high demand because of these needs. Many healthcare and behavioral health professionals look to give stress management consulting to individuals and large corporate firms. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals offers a Stress Management Consulting Training Program to qualified professionals seeking certification.
The program is entirely online and independent study. It is working professional friendly in that it allows professionals to work on the online courses leading to certification at their own pace. The program is completely online and the exam for each course is open book. One can utilize an instructor as much or as little as needed. Some of the courses also have approvals for certain professionals seeking CE hours.
The certification in Stress Management Consulting is a four year certification and be renewed.
Stress and anxiety are serious conditions for many people. Learning how to control anxiety is a key stress management skill. Those who can master control can alleviate anxiety and better be able to function in society.
In looking at anxiety, the article “Getting Caught In The Rain Taught Me These 4 Important Lessons About Dealing With Anxiety” by Joann Toporowski looks at some important lessons when dealing with anxiety. The article states,
“Anxiety is no one’s friend and we all want to know how to deal with anxiety and stress when they threaten to ruin our day. The symptoms of anxiety disorders are not always obvious but with the proper stress management techniques, you can make it through. ”
The work place can be a very stressful place but it does not have to be. Individuals can work with co-workers and have installed plans to help reduce stress. It starts with management and works its way down to the floor. If everyone is willing to reduce stress in the workplace, work can be less stressful and more productive.
The article, “5 Simple Communication Rules to Reduce Stress in the Workplace” by Rita Sharma states,
“Communication forms an integral part of our office environment, regardless of our roles and responsibilities in the office. By effectively communicating our requirements or how we feel, we can find the solution to most of our problems.”
Hence communication is key according to Sharma. To read the entire article, please click here
Stress can be overwhelming. It can also affect work as well as home life. It is important to control stress especially at work. If stress is controlled, one will better be able to focus on the task at hand.
The article, “3 Valuable Tips to Beat Stress at Work, From an Organizational Psychologist” by Sarah Sloat states,
“When dealing with these stressors, we can consider the resources we have to help us manage the situation. Resources can be unique to the individual, like conflict management skills or coping mechanisms, or can stem from the job or workplace itself. When our resources don’t match the stressful conditions faced at work, a stress process is initiated that can include these negative emotional reactions.”