Everyone gets stressed out. Some stress is good. It helps keep you alert and focused. Other stress, like our fight-or-flight natural instinct, can be life-saving. But when stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can cause physical, mental and emotional harm.
There are three different types of stress that include acute, episodic acute and chronic. Each has its own characteristics, symptoms and treatment.
Stress can come from internal and external factors. External stressors relates to events and situations that happen to you – moving, getting a new job or death of a family member. Internal stressors come from thoughts and feelings within ourself – fears, beliefs, perfectionism or uncertainty. The more stressors you experience, the more stress you feel.
Finding positive, healthy ways to manage stress as it occurs, can put you on a path to a better quality of life. Boys Town Internal Medicine recommends:
The most effective stress management tip begins with identifying your source of stress and finding ways to manage it. Keeping a stress journal and recording your thoughts and how you responded to each situation, can be a valuable tool in your journey to living a less stressful life.
If you continue to feel overwhelmed, talk to your doctor. Your physician can provide you with additional information on how you can learn to manage stress, identify situations or behaviors that contribute to your stress and help you develop an action plan for changing them.