As described by MedlinePlus, the website of National Institute of Health, stress is the reaction of your nervous system to protect your body from an incumbent danger. Your body achieves this by producing hormones that trigger physical reactions like tightening of body muscles and increased alertness. Therefore, short term stress is generally good for your body. However, when the anxiety recurs very often and mostly without any danger, it can have negative effects on your body and mind. This is typically called ‘acute stress’ and if the condition happens frequently,this is what we now know as an episodic acute stress that can be debilitating if left untreated.
In this article, let us know the causes and effects of episodic acute stress or stress as a whole. let us also discover way on how to treat this emotional and physical condition. Knowing important information about this topic is essential so it would be easier to provide treatment of acute, episodic illness like stress.
Causes and Effects of Stress
Stress or tension, as it is commonly known, can originate from an internal or an external reason. Internal reasons include fear or apprehension of a result or an upcoming presentation, whereas the external agents could be a death, divorce, work, etc. Episodic acute stress can develop due to any of these initially, but it can continue to haunt the patient even when there’s none of the causes. If it is not addressed in time, it can have numerous ill-effects on your body like:
(a) Diabetes, heart diseases, and BP issues.
(b) Bowel problems like constipation combined with obesity or weight loss.
(c) Depression leading to suicidal tendencies.
(d) Amnesia, loss of memory, headache, or problems with cognition and attentiveness.
(e) Menstrual and skin-related problems.
(f) Cancer, liver, and lung ailments.
(g) Exhaustion, anxiety, and weakness.
Treatment and management
Extreme stress is a psychological and physical problem that has diverse kinds of reactions on different persons. Whereas some of the symptoms and after-effects of stress are medically curable, stress itself often demands lifestyle changes in addition to medical management. The most difficult step to eliminate the extreme stress from your life is to acknowledge that your stress levels are already hurting you. Once the person accepts and embraces this fact, appropriate medical and/or psychological attention should be sought. If you often find yourself in arguments with your family members or colleagues, or if you feel that everything in the world is going against you, then know that your stress is getting better of you. Medications are required in a few cases only and within a specific time frame. They are prescribed mostly so you can manage your stress. To effectively battle episodic acute stress, practice minor changes in your lifestyle by doing the following:
(a) Include activities like exercise, yoga, or Pilates in your routine. Doing physical activities that you love and promote relaxation can help you feel better.
(b) Discover a hobby. Achieve an active, worry-free physical activity that makes you feel healthier and happier.
(c) Spend more time with your loved ones. Strengthening your social support group and surrounding yourself with people you love makes you feel loved and appreciated.
(d) Avoid the company of people who are known to raise your stress level. Being in the presence of ‘toxic’ people that exude negative vibes can also increase and worsen your stress. Stay away from peers and friends who add stress and worries into your life.