Today, the word “stress” is in everyone’s ears and mouths. That the way of life we lead has a lot to do with it is undoubtedly a great truth.
But, Is stress a product of this hectic lifestyle?
Understand the nature of stress
Not all pressure or pressure is stressful, but any type of pressure or pressure involved in the stress spectrum will negatively impact physical, mental, and emotional health.
This condition, which is making undeniable progress in the world, shows not only that anyone can suffer from it regardless of age, gender or economic condition, but also that beyond the turmoil that can be this particular time, many respond or have always responded in a stressed way to the demands of life, since stress comes first a response of the body to what it perceives as an inevitable and imperative demand.
Just as it is not necessary to have experienced trauma to react with post-traumatic stress, it is not necessary that life be dangerous to develop fight or flight reactions, nor to participate in real dangers for the body to release hormones, alter its blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate; all those bodily changes associated with stress and alertness. Enough to suffer from stresswith the development of poor adaptation to the social environment, a development that also tends to worsen over time.
But what does it really mean to adapt badly to the environment, it should be understood through a global vision that integrates both the physical, mental and emotional aspects, in order to be able to locate the causes stress depending on where it occurs. is generated.
Let’s dive in here today to think about common stress (let’s leave for another opportunity what is called: post-traumatic stress which requires a specific approach and totally distinguished from it), let’s dive into a stress that does not seem to have had a specific cause, but is also the cause of real organic alterations and care, and we begin to think of it as something more than a simple physiological reaction caused by difficult situations, with the first objective of conceiving ourselves as active subjects with the potential to overcome it.
Immersed in the spirit of the times, it is not very difficult to end up stressed. The large number of stimuli that drop on us the new communication links that sometimes seem to invalidate any distance, can be producers of confusion and complexity undoubtedly contributing to the generation of stress that without warning and sneakily supplants the correct form of assimilation of any stimulus. Stress assumes the situations of who live in a state of constant and ignored shock which, a state which ruins the correct constitution of the meaning of the experiences necessary for the conscious orientation of conduct.
Types of stress
Stress can be acute, episodic or chronic.
Cuando es agudo was born from the constraint of a recent past as much as from the anticipated requirements of a near future.
It is episodic when it is acute and it is frequent, and given that in this case the repetition of its episodes attracts attention, it is also remarkable the fundamental organization of life itself, which is sure to be precarious or non-existent. Episodic stress leaves us with sediments of character from which irritability, bad mood and feelings of helplessness come.
When stress is chronic it is that it has already become a state of permanent vigilance, an ignored way of living in constant apprehension, naturalized too, as if living in constant alarm was the way to live. Chronic stress also leaves its scars which sooner or later turn into depressive moods. It is clear that if we believe that living is what it is, it is not uncommon for the idea of the absence of meaning in existence to begin to gain ground.
Stages of stress
Stress has 3 phases: alarm, resistance and exhaustion.
In this phase, the body prepares to flee, produce the maximum possible energy needed to deal with a sticky scenario. The physiological correlate is recorded in the activation of hormone secretion through a chain reaction that causes different reactions in the body such as muscle tension, sudden sharpening of the senses, increased heart rate and hypertension blood pressure, among other symptoms.
In this phase, the one who is stressed remains in a state of alert without participating in any relaxation and although his organism tries to return to its normal state, it does not stop producing physiological responses to stressfact that keeps your hormones on high alert.
The stress has already become chronic because it persists for a long period of time. Activation, tension, stimuli and stressful demands did not decrease, so the previous level of resistance eventually wore out, causing the alarm to reappear, but in a much more unstable state of the body than before. Physical and psychological problems become evident, so in this phase the feeling of helplessness, frustration and weakness increases, as well as restful sleep is not achieved and anxiety and the radical need to escape appear.
It goes without saying that an organism threatened by such conditions is totally altered by the activation of the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands, among other problems.
Live without stress
But, if the mere fact of living involves taking on different kinds of demands, and if the world in which we live – being more and more stimulating – is supposed to constantly expand the capacity for adaptation, how could it be to live without stress?
Let’s remember what we said at the beginning: stress is above all a way of responding to what is perceived as an inevitable and imperative demand.
Two factors are extremely important here: time and form.. The time that counts is the subjective and the form is that with which we assume the demands of life.
If these demands of life are perceived as pressing demands, it is because the “good form of assimilation” of everything that forces us to adapt, whether simple stimuli, concrete demands or of ambiguous requirements, is not constituted.
This “correct form” implies a fundamentally stable organization, something like a singular logistics of living, which must be able to be exercised as a “powerful and functional lifestyle” applicable to the changing and hyperstimulating world in which we live.
And to conquer such a lifestyle, we will surely have a contingency plan that will respond effectively to unforeseen events.
The problem of stress can be summed up in that when one does not properly assimilate stimuli or impulsesthese tend to become pervasive with the power to ruin the constellation in which sustains that -always singular- sense by which we live our lives, a fact that directly impacts temperament which is what ultimately refines our body to live in harmony. necessary harmony