triggers your stress response?
Except for major catastrophes, few events are stressful in themselves.
Stress arises when you perceive a situation as threatening. For
example, your morning commute may make you anxious and tense because
you worry that traffic will make you late. Others, however, may
find the trip relaxing because they allow more than enough time
and enjoy playing music or listening to books while they drive.
Stress is often associated with situations that you find difficult
to handle. How you view things also affects your stress level. If
you have very high expectations, chances are you'll experience more
than your fair share of stress. Take some time to think about the
things that cause you stress. Your stress may be linked to external
factors such as:
The state of the world, the country, or any community to which you
belong unpredictable events the environment in which you live or
work workitself ,family ,
Stress can also come from your own: Irresponsible behavior ,poor
health habits ,negative attitudes and feelings ,unrealistic expectations
How serious are your stress
In determining how to cope with your stress symptoms, it is helpful
to know what type you are experiencing. The most common form, acute
stress results from demands and pressures of the recent past and
anticipated demands and pressures of the near future. The best way
to envision the effects of acute stress is to imagine oneself in
a primitive situation, such as being chased by a bear. In small
doses, acute stress is thrilling and exciting, but too much is exhausting.
The same ski run that feels so great in the morning can be quite
taxing at the end of the day. Skiing beyond your limits can lead
to falls and injuries. In the same way, too much short-term stress
can produce physical or emotional symptoms. Most people recognize
the signs of acute stress. They appear when something major happens
like moving, changing jobs, or experiencing a loss. You probably
feel stressed when something goes wrong, such as when your fender
is crumpled in a car accident or your child has problems at school.
Daily hassles with a demanding boss, a nagging spouse, or irritating
noise also can make you feel stressed. Normally, as our ancestors
did, our bodies rest when the stressful event is over. Moreover,
because it is short term, acute stress doesn't have enough time
to do the extensive damage associated with long-term stress.
Episodic acute stress
If you endure acute stress frequently, you probably are experiencing
episodic stress. Your life feels like a disorderly exercise in chaos
and crisis. You are always rushing, always late. If something can
go wrong, it does. Trying to do too much, you can't organize the
tangle of self-inflicted demands clamoring for your attention. You
are seemingly always facing a new stressful situation.