What causes stress? Doubt Solved

What  are the real causes of stress?

Since stress is a brain’s reaction from adverse situations to boost our whole body to cope, we can identify stress root as any object, thought or circumstance that provokes in us a higher demanding response than what we are actually used to.

This factor is what we call stressor. This is the trigger for your worries, tensions, angers, anxieties and all stress consequences that it brings on. It’s just not only one stressor, it may be many; it just depends on your endurance and tolerance to deal with the circumstances you go through in life.

It means that what stresses you may not affect other people and vice versa. That’s why people last longer in highly demanding jobs than others regardless of their wage, the same for divorces, therapies or sports. 

How to identify your stressor?

If you want to solve your stress problem from the root, you have to identify what’s causing your mind to be alert  all the time.

Not all stressors are persistent, some of them are natural situations we can’t handle such as traffic noises, earthquakes or fighting cats on the roof. But there are other factors that never go away and keep hurting our selves.

Here we give you some tips to spot those ongoing stress triggers:

1. Check out your duties

We all have some responsibilities. A list of MUST DO. Detect your duties at work, family, home, church and social groups. List them, but divide them in two groups: The ones you hate and the ones you can deal with.

Focus in the HATE list and ask yourself these questions:

  • Can i stop doing this?, Is is necessary to do this?
  • Can i delegate this task?
  • Do i have to change my mind set toward this?
  • Can i change how often i do this?
  • Why is it affecting me and no others, is there anything else disturbing me when performing my work?

2. Detect toxic people

Identify difficult people around you. People draining your energy, stopping you from reaching your potential intentionally, hurting yourself to get ahead in the road. Let’s be honest, you deserve more, you deserve people to encourage you to reach to the top and further.

Toxic people generally will keep your stress alert on all the time. But remember this difficult people have difficult stories, try to make deals with them and see what benefits both parts can have. Who knows, the best win in war is the one you win without fighting and getting your enemy as an ally.

3. Recent events

Have you ever felt like things started to go tougher than they were before? and your doing exactly the same things, but now you feel you’re not moving anywhere and things are getting heavier.

You may not have notice it, but routine and stressful events have impacted your psyche. That is to say you are suffering still for events that started in the past but have not gone yet because you let them live with you.

Some events are painful others exits just in your mind. However, you can overcome every harsh situation your dealing with. For instance:

  • Losing a loved one.
  • Work routine.
  • Debts.
  • Illness.
  • Marital problems.
  • Moved to a new house or country.

Any event may cause you serious health problems if you let them overwhelm you. Above all, embrace your situation and let yourself  understand that change is normal and stressful events are temporary. Stressor will only stay if you decide it

4. Limitations

Similarly to previous point, there are certain things we can’t control in certain moments. Nevertheless, people tend to be obstinate about trying to control all and patience seems not be an option in our everyday modern life.

You may be frustrated because of a missed opportunity:

  • Didn’t have the money to invest in university, home or business and wonder how bad you missed a great opportunity.
  • Haven’t culminated your studies and the perfect job position went away.
  • Were not in shape and your couple broke up with you.
  • Didn’t feel yourself that cute for a guy in that exact moment.
  • Didn’t say the right words in front of the meeting.
  • Couldn’t score and your team lost an important game.
  • Have no leg, arm or none of them.

And so on. You can blame your limitation all the time you want and accuse your yourself for not having money, time and to be physic limited. However, it won’t stop stress consequences, it won’t make your life better anyway.

Then, it doesn’t matter what circumstances you deal with, you always can do amazing things with the you DO have. Hit back stress consequences and get free.

Conclusion

In short, stress is a reaction, something must trigger it. If you’re aware what is producing stress continuously in your life you can cut the problem from the root. Stress is normal, but to live stressed isn’t.

Not the same situations, people and thoughts stress us at the same level, watch carefully what specifically are triggers you to be tense, alert and anxious. Take in count whatever they are, you can beat them!.

Stress consequences (the bad side)

What are stress consequences?

Whether you are looking for help to know you’re in danger or wanna make sure you don’t belong to a bigger clinical picture due stress., you’re in the right place. But before showing the long list you should be clear of two aspects:

  1.  If you find your self in the list below and specially on a considerable health issue, please seek for medical assistance. Not only stress may cause these symptoms and we encourage you to check your safety first with a doctor. This is not a medical picture to take a prescription from, it is a list of science facts to help you better understand stress.
  2. Stress consequences in our lives are not always bad , these list aims only for the harmful ones.

This is a detailed list of stress consequences order by categories we consider easy to follow:

Psychological consequences🧠

Insomnia

Difficulty making decisions

Isolation

Occasional depression

Can’t slow down

Racing thoughts

Brain fog

Learning difficulties

Pessimism 

Anxiety

Sadness

Restless sleeping

Memory loss,  (specially short memory)

Overwhelming feelings

Thought of suicide

Low motivation

Physical consequences💪

Poor function metabolism

Excessive hair loss 

Muscle tension

Irregular menstrual period

Acne

Headaches

 Increased heart rate

Constipation

Bleeding gums

Joints pain

Hippocampus  deteriorate (stress management in charge of)

Bran shrinks

Weight gain

Stomachache

Immune defense system slows down

Frequent illness

Nausea

Jaw pain

Allergies

Digestive problems

Cold extremities

Fatigue

High blood pressure

Flickering  eyelid

Mouth and eyes dryness

Chest pain

Menstrual period cramps

Skin Itching

Behavior consequences🤺

Poor appetite

Weak libido

Agitation

Superficial sleeping

Nail biting

Sugar craving

Frequent urination

Focus difficulties

Irritability

Inability to relax

Teeth grinding

Moody

Social withdrawal

Dependency of drugs, alcohol and other substances

Jaw clenching

Some video help

In short

Stress is a worldwide problem, you may have found yourself more than once in the list. Don’t worry it’s common in all of us, but we’ve to get up soon and start releasing all that tension and anxiety to live fully again for and you and your beloved ones.

7 Steps to recover from burnout

Stress is common in our lives. It help us to stay alert when danger threat us. Stress tells the brain when to trigger body self-defense system. When stressor keeps in our way or we wrongly believe it is still there perhaps it has been gone for so long, the brain get into a prolonged state of alert and start raising new level of stress till burnout.

Reached that level, we can be seriously affected emotionally, physically and mentally.

Follow these steps to get out of the burnout

1. Define your goals and purposes

With no clear panorama you can’t get up and decide which way to. You must define first where you’re going and see what’s the obstacle to get there.

Draw or write in simple steps where you’re right now, what moves you and where you’re planning to go.

Once you have the ideal panorama identify the stressor.

2. Identify the stressor

Determine what event, social or environmental factor is getting you away from your established plan.

If you can’t easily discover what is your stressor, use the previous written or drawn path of goals and aside of every goal write the negative aspect it replaces.

Then find the why of each negative statement by asking your self whether stressor is real, if it is still there outside of your sheet or  residing on your disbelieves and fears.

3. Define your priorities and boundaries

Get away from stressor can be hard sometimes and even more once we’ve reached a burnout. But the power of the effects of a burnout [link to power of burnout] stops growing and having control over our lives once we stop feeding it.
What feed the monster? Heavy duties we take and can’t carry on, the negotiation of our dignity for material things, the speculations of consequences  of situations and events out your hands,dealing with abusive people, vices, etc. Things that have no boundaries.

Set a limit to anything, don’t let your pleasures or dislikes domain you. If you lose track over your priorities you’ll drift off into disaster. If you’re experiencing a burnout say no to what’s overwhelming you and walk into your life priorities,eventually burnout will subsides, even if it gets harder and hurts, you can only overcome it by stop feeding burnout with your life.

4. Think of your health

Now that you’ve visualized you’re path theoretically. Boots your mind and body to get out of the danger zone. This change is not quick, no one said it, forget about pop-up solutions, you’re committed to your life, so as long as you stay alive, you have to fight for your well being.

It is a reward; a consequence of your acts as burnout is too.

[Link to methods]

-Avoid unhealthy thoughts, behaviors and food.

-Exercise more

This will boost your confidence and you’ll be more likely to succeed.

5. Check your health with medical assistance

There are lot of ways stress and burnout can damage your body [link]. Ask your doctor for some medical tests to reveal if you’re in danger and need some medical prescriptions.

6. Stop procrastination

The time is now,your time is now. You can rise above.Take as priority number one yourself if you want to defeat the burnout. One day more left, two more days to live it.

7. Be patient

What comes fast goes fast away. But burnout is a stress process, sometimes silent, it doesn’t come from night to day. You have to go all the way down stairs from where you came from. Cool down it’s a path, don’t desperate, trust God you are gonna get out this and be the nice you again.

What really is stress? 🌐Definitive guide

We are used to listen the word “stress” everywhere: at work on colleagues, at colleges and universities specially on a final project or tough assignments on classmates or just  arriving home at night on our spouse. But what the wold mean with “stress”? if every person lives a different life why do we listen it from all of them at almost any age or position?

Is stress natural?, do all people bear it?, why do we get it?

Defining stress

Stress is a response. A natural  response from our brains delivering chemical reactions through the body to face environmental changes.

so, is stress normal?. In all of us!, but why people talk of it as a harmful thing?

Your body needs to be prepared for any change that demands more effort than what we are constantly doing (new job, new assignments, new kid, new responsibilities, danger ahead in the road). The brain releases hormones such as cortisol and  adrenaline to the bloodstream activating the whole body to give a response for the new alert.

Why do people talk about stress as a negative thing?

In short periods of time stress doesn’t produce harmful effects, but during long periods, the cortisol and adrenaline start causing negative effects in your body, moods and behaviors.

Every body feels stress regularly, but not all get rid of stress immediately. Some stressors (what causes stress) persists and the body stays in alert mode. The hormones still go to organs and start affecting the normal function of them, you start feeling tense, sic and tired continuously.

Can we get rid of stress?

No, we can’t. Stress is a normal part of our body. It triggers survivor mechanisms, boosts you on demanding tasks and helps us to stay active in critical moments. Not all stress is bad, but the long period stress can cause several illness and traumas.

What we can do is manage stress.

What type of stress exists?

Depending on the symptoms, duration and consequences stress is categorized in:

Acute Stress

This is the most common type and the easiest to notice. Most people detect it when in danger on traffic, working on deadlines, dealing with annoying children and demanding bosses, endless TO-DO task list, tough classes, rude neighbors, etc. Situations of tension that disappear normally when you change the environment or once the danger or distress is gone.

Commonly perceived as a slight tension and anxiety which usually may provoke:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Headache
  • Muscle tensions
  • Anger
  • Acid  stomach
  • Flatulence
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Migraine

Just to mention a couple of them which don’t need medical or psychological  treatment when last short periods. Watch carefully if they don’t subside after threat is gone. 

Episodic acute stress

This category is characterized by ongoing acute stress symptoms. Often leaded or originated by crisis. In this category the person has taken the problems with himself and carry them all the time while the stressor may be present regularly or doesn’t exist anymore.

The symptoms are not always easy to discover because the person is used to feel these symptoms since long ago from small to great progressively. Your mood changes are less predictable, you’re almost never rested enough,  occasionally eaten enough, rarely satisfied with results, your life starts becoming a disaster. Physically you can develop risk of heart attacks, gastritis, ulcers, digestive problems or altered blood pressure.

Look for medical assistance if you find yourself continuously under stressed situations and you feel your health isn’t going well before it’s too late.

Chronic stress

This a way of life. It seems to ruin all around you. You never get enough and you are never enough. You are wasted, you live your life flavorless with no strengths and continuously sick. You have become a toxic person and your physical capabilities have been reduced yet you feel on an unstoppable cycle where you can’t take a break time. 

Some of the numerous consequence:s are:

  • You can fall in alcohol and drugs easily (this is not an excuse, it is your choice)
  • Develop of deplorable behaviors that ruins not only the person but his relations
  • Organs regular job can be affected for the adrenaline and cortisol amount distributed to the body in prolonged periods
  • Low immune system response
  • Heart attack probabilities double

In short

  • Stress is intended to make you run and quit fast to get save through encouraging your organs to work under pressure. In short periods of time it’s a life saver but in prolonged it’s destructive and can lead you to multiple disorders in your body systems.
  • Watch closely if you have carried some of the symptoms described in this article and search for medical attention if they have persisted.
  • Comprehend others behaviors and be supportive.

Here in Relief Stress, we are committed to help you get through and achieve the awesome life you’re wondering with tips, products and researches that will help manage your stress and your life.