Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension that can have both positive and negative effects on our physical and mental health. In short periods of time, stress can be beneficial, helping us to avoid danger or meet deadlines. However, when stress is experienced over a long period of time, it can lead to physical and mental health problems. Learning to cope with stress can help us feel less overwhelmed and improve our overall well-being.
When a person perceives a situation as challenging, threatening, or uncontrollable, the brain initiates a cascade of events related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is the main driver of the endocrine response to stress. This can cause an increase in heart rate and high levels of stress hormones and blood pressure, which can have a negative impact on the body. Stress can also affect testosterone production and cause a decrease in sexual desire or libido, as well as erectile dysfunction or impotence. When muscles are tense and tense for long periods of time, this can trigger other body reactions and even promote stress-related disorders.
Regular use of stress management techniques can help you avoid most of the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress. People who fear pain and re-injury, and who are only looking for a physical cause and cure for the injury, generally recover worse than people who maintain a certain level of moderate activity supervised by a doctor. The latest data and statistics on mental illness and addictions show that it affects Canadians from all walks of life. When living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who has one, access to the right information is vital. Seeking professional help if the signs and symptoms of stress have been present for a long time; if your functioning at work, school, home, or society is affected; or if you experience increased stress and emotional difficulties is important. Stress can have serious consequences on our physical and mental health.
It is important to learn how to cope with stress in order to improve our overall well-being. Regular use of stress management techniques can help us avoid most of the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress. Seeking professional help if needed is also important in order to manage stress effectively.