Stress is our body's natural response to emotional factors.
Stress occurs mainly in response to situations of negative importance, but positive emotions can also be its source.
Prolonged negative stress has a number of dangerous effects on our health and is the main factor causing or exacerbating the symptoms of many somatic diseases.
When the stress response in response to a traumatic event is prolonged, as a result of which it negatively affects functioning, we can talk about the development of so-called post-traumatic stress disorder.
Psychological symptoms of stress:
- depressed mood, depression, anxiety;
- irritability, mood swings, tearfulness, aggression;
- nervous tics, tendency to use stimulants, sleep disturbance, decreased libido.
Physiological symptoms of stress:
- frequent infections, decrease in immunity, faster heartbeat;
- breathing problems, chest crushing, high blood pressure;
- migraines, fainting, sudden waking up at night;
- diarrhea, stomach pain, skin problems;
- trembling hands, excessive sweating, weight fluctuations.
How to deal with stress
To reduce the feeling of stress, you must first eliminate the stressor (stressor). Sometimes, unfortunately, this is not possible and we have no influence on the appearance of a stressor.
However, we can influence our attitude, thanks to which this factor will not affect our lives to such an extent.
In the event that the symptoms of stress have been present for a long time, you should consult a specialist psychologist or psychiatrist.