DR TARIQ JAGNARINE, MD
We all have stress, whether it be at work, at home, in school, or even in unexpected places. Sometimes we can feel especially stressed because of a bad interaction with someone, too much work, or everyday hassles like being stuck in traffic.
Negative stress can keep persons from feeling and performing at their best mentally, physically and emotionally. Nevertheless, no one’s life is completely stress-free. It is important to know how to manage the stress in our lives.
Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of daily activities, such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument with family members, or new and existing financial worries. Generally, stress can have a cumulative effect, with each stressor adding to the previous effects.
During these situations, a person may feel threatened or upset, and their body might create a stress response. This can cause a variety of physical symptoms, change of behaviour, and lead to experiencing more intense emotions.
Stress affects us in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally, and in varying intensities.
SIGNS OF STRESS
Everyone experiences stress. However, when stress is affecting a person’s daily life, health and wellbeing, it is important to tackle it as soon as possible; and while stress affects everyone differently, there are common signs and symptoms, such as:
• Feelings of constant worry or anxiety
• Feelings of being overwhelmed
• Difficulty concentrating
• Mood swings frequently
• Irritability, or having a short temper
• Difficulty relaxing
• Low self-esteem
• Eating more or less than usual
• Changes in sleeping habits/oversleeping less sleep, or difficulty sleeping
• Using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to relax
• Aches and pains, particularly muscle tension
• Diarrhoea and Constipation
• Feelings of nausea or dizziness
• Loss of sex drive.
Once a person is experiencing these symptoms for a prolonged period, and they feel that these symptoms are influencing their everyday activities, or creating a sense of imbalance and unwellness, that person should seek medical attention.