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Understanding and Recognizing Stress

Season #4

Welcome to a new series dedicated to unraveling the complexities of stress and its profound impact on our lives. In each episode, we'll discuss different aspects of stress, from understanding its origins and effects on the body to exploring practical techniques for stress relief and resilience-building. 

Today’s episode begins the series by focusing on what stress is, how it affects us, and most importantly, how to recognize and manage it effectively. Stress isn't a fleeting emotion; it's a powerful signal from our bodies that demands attention and awareness.

What is Stress?

  • In essence, stress is your body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response.
  • It is information, your body’s way of communicating with you.
  • Our external or internal environment can trigger stress.

Understanding the Stress Response:

  • Stress arises from perceived threats to our environment, and our response is influenced by past learnings and experiences, whether positive or negative.
  • While beneficial in the short term, the fight or flight response can lead to health issues when chronically activated.
  • Stress will always be part of our lives, and we need it for safety, but we also need to get better at managing and reducing our stress.

Types of Stress:

  • Acute stress: Quick, short-lived response to immediate threats, that allows us to face or escape danger.
  • Chronic stress: Persistent, long-term stress that can have detrimental effects without proper recovery.

Self-Assessment and Reflection:

  • Take inventory of your stressors.
  • Identify physical, emotional, and behavioral responses.
  • Prioritize stressors based on impact and level of control.

Stress Management Techniques:

  • Breathing exercises offer control over the autonomic system.
  • Mindfulness and meditation bring your focus back to the present moment.
  • Physical activity, such as walking, releases energy and boosts endorphins.
  • Establishing routines provides structure and control.

Understanding stress is the first step toward effectively managing it. By recognizing its triggers, implementing stress reduction techniques, and fostering self-awareness, we can cultivate resilience and lead healthier, more balanced lives.

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