imagesStress is a state of disharmony within our bodies. It is a way for our bodies to respond to any kind of threat or demand. Unfortunately our bodies are not equipped to be able to distinguish the different sources of stress, and as such, reacts the same to them.

Stress can be:

* Acute: The stress that is temporary and is in response to particular stimuli.

* Chronic: This is the stress that affects us all the time in many ways and if left uncontrolled and untreated, it may affect our health, emotions and immune system. Our bodies will pull everything towards cortisol, as it is very essential to our survival.


Effects of stress on our health:

When we are stressed our body releases certain hormones such as epinephrine that help us in coping with the demand of energy used to handle that situation. In the acute form this stress it can be easily and efficiently managed by our body but if it becomes a chronic problem then the amount of wear and tear our body goes through is dangerous for our health.

Some of the symptoms that may occur in chronic stress are: 

1. Headache

2. Difficulty sleeping

3. Difficulty concentrating

4. Fatigue (Both Mental and Body)

5. Upset stomach

6. Hypertension/Hypotension

7. Irritability

8. Arrhythmia

9. Heart attack

10. Weight gain or weight loss

11. Changes in sexual desire


We can decrease the risk of these diseases by applying stress management therapies in our daily lives. Studies have shown decreased incidence of stress and anxiety among those who under went stress management therapies. Stress also has a huge impact on our underlying body diseases and problems. When stressed, our body is continuously in an alert state and this also leads to many hormonal changes. These hormonal changes have drastic effects on the health of our body and mind. It also affects our social relationships and activities.


Different forms of stress we are exposed to:


1. Emotional/Mental:

This form of stress includes troubled relationships, career pressure and financial pressure. Continuous tension of achieving life goals also leads to this type of stress. This type of stress also includes the struggle of being perfect. It is more common in people with type A personalities. Their life is in a constant phase of mental stress and it goes on from one achievement to the other.


2. Nutritional:

Any mineral deficiency or food allergy can also result in stress. Vitamin deficiencies also lead to stress and can be relieved and treated efficiently once the deficiency is addressed by usually supplementing.


3. Traumatic:

Any trauma or injury can expose us to a state called posttraumatic stress disorder. In this disease a patient may have feelings of an incident being repeated continuously in front of them. Posttraumatic stress disorder may need psychiatric follow-ups for the proper and complete treatment and management of patient.


4. Chemical:

This form includes the over use of alcohol, smoking, caffeine etc. In this form of stress, it also means being exposed to hazardous substances such as fertilizers, carcinogens commonly found in beauty products, or even certain compounds found in perfumes.


5. Physical:

This includes the stress of labor, work burden, travel and intense exertion.

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