What Is Stress?
Until fairly recently, the definition of the word stress did not include applications to the human body. It was and is, as Webster’s notes, a strain or straining force exerted upon a body that tends to strain or deform its shape – a meaning that pretty much hits the mark when applied to people. When needed some stress tends to keep us alert and prepared for the challenges in our lives. Excessive or adverse stress, however, the kind first described in 1936 by Canadian physician and researcher Hans Selye, can put great strain on us and threaten our well-being. Stress can cause irritability, muscle tension, depression, sleeplessness, loss of memory or other cognitive function and far more serious problems, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, palpitations and ultimately cardiac arrest
Take the Stress Test
See if any of the following symptoms apply to you or someone you know:
1. Irritability: Shorter fuse these days, the little things make you angrier?
2. Sense of humor: Laughing less, too serious?
3. Worry: Reliving or projecting future anxious emotional experiences? Depressed, resigned over the way things are?
4. Excessiveness: Eating, drinking too much, too many mood-altering stimulants?
5. Forgetfulness: Can’t remember little things lately, have mental gridlock?
6. Aches and pains: Recurring headaches, frequent gastrointestinal distress, tension in face, jaw, shoulders, back or chest?
7. Nervousness: Talking faster, more than in the past?
8. Fatigue: Feeling run-down a lot? Tired, but can’t get restful sleep?
9. Illness: Suffering allergies, colds, flu and other ailments more often?
10. Time pressure: Often feel as if there is not enough time, too much to do?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, there’s a good chance you are experiencing some degree of chronic stress, We can teach you how to manage your stress, with a variety of techniques.
Benefits of Stress Reduction
- Improved health, feeling of well-being and quality of life
- Improved intuition, memory and cognitive function
- More energy during the day, restful sleep at night
- More heartfelt feelings like love, appreciation and kindness
- Less impatience, irritability, fits of anger