Work stress! Home stress! Career stress! Traffic stress! You name it. Stress is everywhere. Is it even possible to find a stress-free zone in your life? My answer is both “yes” and “no.” It is completely up to you and no one else! Let me explain:
Stress is a well-known entity. Sometimes we ignore it, and sometimes we carry it like a badge of honor. But are we really understanding stress? Its basic definition is “to be in a situation that you can’t handle.” Scientifically speaking, it is “your body’s response to demands placed on it.”
When facing a stressful situation, realize the implications it has on our soul, body, and mind. Our response toward stress is either fight or flight. During a fight response, we stand our ground, defend our position, and attack! On the other hand, in a flight response, we surrender, remove ourselves from the situation, and move on. Person to person, we can have differing responses to the same stressful situation.
Within a short period of time, we can tolerate a certain degree of stress. However, chronic stress, persisting over hours, days, or months, greatly impacts our body, mental health, and relationships in the long run.
Under stress, our muscles tense, mouth dries up, heart beats faster, pupils dilate, digestion slows down, and blood glucose increases and so on. Mentally, our mind becomes foggy, causing lack of concentration and productivity. Socially, we lose track of our interactions with others, resulting in relationship problems.
Can we defeat stress by covering up its symptoms? Or would it be better to get to the root of our stress and learn to manage or eliminate our stressors?
In the next series of blogs, I will dive into stress further, and share with you the practical tips on stress management. Let’s explore these stress-free zones together.
Mehriban Ulas, MD, CHC