Stress is a normal reaction to external pressures. It’s not always caused by negative thoughts or events – even positive life experiences, like welcoming a new baby or starting a new job, can be stressful. Stress affects our bodies, our thoughts and our feelings. When we are stressed, we become alert and motivated to act. This is great in short bursts – if you have an important exam coming up, stress can enable you to work harder and improve your concentration. But trying to cope with stress long-term is hazardous to our wellbeing.
The body’s response to stress is instinctive and uncontrollable: more blood flow, faster heart rate, increased blood pressure and higher blood sugar levels. People who are stressed for a long time can develop hypertension, diabetes or chronic pain, among many others, or even have a stroke or a heart attack.
Chronically high stress levels have also been linked to numerous mental health issues, including insomnia, anger issues, depression, anxiety, substance use, and problems with intimacy and social interaction. For some people, these issues disappear on their own once the source of stress is resolved, but many others can only learn to cope with stress with help from a physician or a mental health professional.
It’s quite difficult to find someone who has never experienced stress, and each one of us reacts differently. People who are under stress may show physical, mental and emotional symptoms, or some combination of these. Here are some of the visible symptoms to watch out for:
Ms Trisha Ray
Consultant Psychologist & Special Educator
MA, Clinical Psychology | BEd, Special Education | CBT Certification, Beck USA | RCI Registered
Trisha is highly skilled in Psychological Consultation, Assessment (for ages 17 and under) and Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.
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