Stress can arise for a variety of reasons. Stress can be brought about by a traumatic accident, death or emergency situation. Stress can also be a side effect of a serious illness or disease. There is also stress associated with daily life, school, and family responsibilities. It's hard to stay calm and relaxed in our hectic lives. With all we have going on in our lives, it seems almost impossible to find ways to de-stress. But it's important to find those ways. Your health depends on it. Stress is very common among teenagers especially during the school year.
The stress response is controlled by a highly complex, integrated network that involves the central nervous system, the adrenal system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system. With acute stress, we quickly notice the event and that feeling of "fight or flight." This response developed to protect us from the charging beast or other dangers. Few of us however face those events on a daily basis. Instead, our stress comes from things we can neither fight nor flee.
Mild stress may cause changes that are useful. For example, NIDA says stress can actually improve our attention and increase our capacity to store and integrate important and life-protecting information. But if stress is prolonged or chronic, those changes can become harmful.
Stress can take on many different forms, and can contribute to symptoms of illness. Common symptoms include:
- sleep disorders
- difficulty concentrating
- short temper
- upset stomach
- low morale
Don't let stress make you sick. Often we aren't even aware of our stress levels. Listen to your body, so that you know when stress is affecting your health. NWHIC suggests the following to help you handle your stress.
- Make time for yourself
- Eat right
- Get moving
- Talk to friends
- Get help from a professional if you need it
- Write down your thoughts
- Help others
- Get a hobby
- Set limits
- Plan your time
- Don't deal with stress in unhealthy ways
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