It’s easy to look at stress and say, “oh, that’s normal.”
But it’s a different story when it comes to what causes stress.
“Stress is a powerful, persistent emotional reaction,” said David M. Siegel, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland and author of The Stress Response.
“It’s one of the most important stressors that affects us.”
In the case of anxiety, it’s even more powerful.
“We often associate anxiety with being a person who’s under pressure or a person with high stress levels,” Siegel said.
“But stress is just a part of the equation.”
What Is Stress?
Stress is the response of a person to a situation or situation-related event, such as a new job, a new relationship, a job loss, a loved one’s death, a medical emergency, a change in income, or the loss of a loved-one.
Stress is often experienced as a mental state that is unpleasant, stressful, or overwhelming, but it’s not always.
“If you’re a new parent, you might feel like you’re living in a new world,” said M. Teresa Tannen, PhD. “You’re experiencing new situations, and the stress is all around you.”
But stress can also be a positive experience, Siegel added.
“For example, you may feel like your family members are better now than they were before, and you’ve been happier in some ways.”
Here’s a look at how stress affects us, and how to prevent it.
What Is the Stress Response?
Stress can be felt as a continuous and continuous series of emotions, including anxiety, depression, anger, excitement, guilt, fear, and shame.
The stress response can be triggered by stressful events, such a an accident, a stressful job, or a new family member.
The reaction is triggered by the emotional states of others, which are the same as those you feel.
In fact, the response to stress may be so strong that it can trigger your own reactions.
“This is not normal,” said Tannengen.
“People can experience stress as if it were a normal emotion.
It’s a stress response that you can feel, but you don’t experience in real life.”
“The stress response is triggered when your body is stressed,” Tannene added.
And if you experience a chronic or severe stress response, it can lead to more chronic or debilitating symptoms such as chronic fatigue, irritability, depression and even death.
“The brain and body work together to help you cope with stress, but when you feel the stress response of your body, that stress response becomes a more persistent and destructive response that can lead you to become even more stressed,” said Siegel.
How Do I Know When I Have a Stress Response and Should I Stop?
It’s important to be aware of your stress response.
For instance, if you feel a constant urge to avoid a particular situation or event, it might mean you have a chronic stress response in your brain, according to Tannens research.
“A person who has chronic stress in their brain can be more likely to experience stress symptoms such a anxiety attack or depression, and it’s important for people to understand how they are feeling and to help them reduce their stress response,” TANNEN said.
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