We all deal with stress at some point in our lives but not all stress is bad. Most view stress as a bad thing but in some cases, stress can give your strength and help you get more done. It can also help you stay focused by being more aware of things.

Maybe it’s your job, a family illness, or money troubles. These are common triggers. According to a recent study, about half of all Americans say they’re dealing with moderate level of stress.

What Causes Stress?

Stress is different for everyone. A trigger may stress you out, but on the contrary, it may have no effect on your best friend.

The stress response is your body’s way of dealing with tough or demanding situations. It causes hormonal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous system changes. For example, stress can make your heart beat faster, make you breathe heavily, sweat, and tense up. It can also give you a burst of energy.

This is known as the body’s “fight-or-flight response.” It’s this chemical reaction that prepares your body for a physical reaction because it thinks it’s under attack. This type of stress helped our human ancestors survive in nature.

Good Stress

Sometimes you can feel stressed for a short period of time and usually it’s nothing to worry about. For example, you may be stressed right before a presentation to a client. You may get “butterflies” in your stomach and the palms of your hands get sweaty.

These types of positive stressors are short-lived, and your body’s way of helping you get through what could be a tough situation.

Bad Stress

Negative feelings, on the other hand, can be very stressful. Maybe you’re worried, angry, scared, or frustrated. This kind of stress isn’t good for you, and over the long-term can do serious damage to your health.

While stress affects everyone differently, there are many causes that can have a negative impact on your health, including :

  • Being bullied
  • Working too hard
  • Losing a job
  • Realtionship problems
  • Recent break up or divorce
  • Death in the family
  • Difficulty in school
  • Family problems
  • Busy schedule
  • Recent move
  • Stress Overload

Sometimes you may feel like you have too much stress to handle. If you think you just can’t cope any longer, you may want to seek help from a specialist. In some cases, stress may result in the following :

  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling you’re under constant pressure
  • Overeating
  • Smoking
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

If your stress has gotten to the point that you’re thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also call one of the free suicide prevention helplines, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. You don’t need to give your name.

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