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Physical effects of stress





Wynand
Physical effects of stress

I am busy with a honors degree in accounting this year and from the beginning of the year I have experienced a lot of stress. Lately I have started to feel the physical effects of this stress. They include:

Sleeping problems.
Tiredness through the day.
Some depression.
Weak immune system.

These symptoms have urged me to do some reading on stress management but the advice I was given did not really help my until I came to realize the following ultimate tress handling statement:

Do not stress.

This sounds funny but it really is the only technique that will help you. You have to come to the realization that you can do only the things that your body allows you to do and the hell with the rest. You must do your best and for the rest adopt a no care attitude.

What techniques worked for you?
TCyou
we all have so many stress, so we should have to do some exercise, listen to some music, to make us happy.
filet
stress will also make you lose hair doesnt matter to both gender man or woman...
missdixy
When I am stressed, I try to get lots of rest because my immune system also weakens a bit. Also, when I ams tressed, for some reason, I get those little annoying red blister-like things in my mouth. I can't explain it Sad It's annoying.
paskifire
how about some tips on how to lessen stress? Shocked
crimson_aria
i have a friend who had pus on his fingers and when she went to the doctor, the doctor said it was because of stress. i never thought such effect could happen. i try to do as much of the things I love as much as possible whenever I feel stressed. and rest of course.
deanhills
Exercise. A regular routine. Putting a cap on the hours that I am allowed to be in a stressful environment. For example, get out at the end of the day instead of putting in overtime. If it is possible (some times it is not) take a break at lunch time away from the office. Even if it is just to walk around the block and scan a newspaper. Newspapers always seem to distract me. Use the "over time" hours at the end of the day for a visit to a gymnasium instead or to play a favourite sport. Eat a light supper and get regular hours. Good quality food in regular balanced meals is also important.
Roald
I've got a small thing that 'notifies' me when I get stressed. It's something with my eyelids, they start moving fast sometimes. It sounds weird, I know, but it's like some kind of a tic. Well anyway, when this happens I go to bed earlier and try to listen to tranquil music and after a day or two my tic is gone.

Of course this is a personal remedy..
deanhills
Roald wrote:
I've got a small thing that 'notifies' me when I get stressed. It's something with my eyelids, they start moving fast sometimes. It sounds weird, I know, but it's like some kind of a tic. Well anyway, when this happens I go to bed earlier and try to listen to tranquil music and after a day or two my tic is gone.

Of course this is a personal remedy..
This sounds like good self-discipline. I'm of the kind that go past the signs until I flop as some of that energy is good for me work wise. Puts me into a different dimension.
mikakiev
The stress response occurs in form of neuro-endocrine activity in which the brain acts like an orchestra conductor and directs a barrage of neural and endocrine hormones to target various organs of the body. The cardiac output increases in form of heart rate and stroke volume. The digestive system is impaired. The blood pressure rises. The pupils dilate. There is an increased activity in the metabolism, sweat glands, brain and respiratory system. The arteries and blood vessels may become thick reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. The result is heart attack.

The immune system becomes very weak. The subject becomes susceptible to colds, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and many other health problems.
mikakiev
The nature of the competitive work culture calls for a rational, calm, controlled and sensitive approach to deal with the difficult problems at work. An overstressed person can become over or under aggressive in the complex matrix of inter personal relationships which may adversely affect the quantity and quality his work.

A stressed person gets easily distracted from his work because of persistent anxieties, doubts and negative thoughts. These negative associations compete with the creative energy required for the efficient performance of the tasks. The attention capacity, active memory, and concentration of the subjects suffer badly. The focus narrows as our brain becomes crowded with unhealthy obsessions. The stress reduces a person’s ability to deal with huge amount of data that has to be processed and analyzed. A stressed person persists on the old track and ignores the better options.
Crazy_Canuck
My best stress relievers are all "water-based." I imagine myself at the base of a waterfall, with the water washing away all my stress. I also like the image of fish swimming in a bowl, or just floating in a beautiful pool. I am a workalcoholic, so these are things that I have to pull out on a regular basis.
deanhills
Crazy_Canuck wrote:
My best stress relievers are all "water-based." I imagine myself at the base of a waterfall, with the water washing away all my stress. I also like the image of fish swimming in a bowl, or just floating in a beautiful pool. I am a workalcoholic, so these are things that I have to pull out on a regular basis.
Good ones, I love water too. My stress relievers are a good routine (real battle to keep one), taking space away from others, regular breaks (real battle to do that). Also to go on regular holidays (battle with that too). My nature is to go in overdrive for anything from a day to a week, with almost no sleep, and then to flop after that, which of course is not good unless I can spend time in bed for a day, which obviously one can't, so have to fight with my natural self to stick to a routine of a kind. Smile
Roald
Deanhills wrote:
My stress relievers are a good routine
I think one of the only ways to prevent stress, having a fixed routine. Of course if you have got a routine way to much fixed this will cause stress also Confused But I would say that you need some balance in your life in order to prevent stress.
Denvis
Well I go attend high school and stress is apart of my life. The best way to set out a plan or routine of what has to be done and do them on the time set. If everything goes according to plan not only do you have free time for leisure but you are also stress free.
Neilos
I suffer from stress. I had to leave my job because I was too stressed out. Not cos of the work, just cos of the people. Poeple that you do not like can cause yopu so much stress and there is usually nothing you can do about it. Punching them is strictly out of the question. Oh how i wish it wasn't! lol
natilovesmike
I do agree 100% with what you said. I never really read anything about stress management but I did came to the same conclusion you did. The problem with that method is that you run the risk of becoming a person who really doesn't care about things, which is not the way I want to be. I am a scientist, I do experiments and when they don't work I am depressed and when they work I am happy and joyful, its sad but true. This mood swings can happen several times a day depending on the results I get and the discussion I have with my PI about them. So, sometimes I try to have the "I don't care" attitude, but its not the best one. Because the truth is I do care. I think he key is to find little things that are stressful but that would be OK to not care. Like what certain people think (not everyone, just certain).
tarunbhardwaj06
nyc doing nyc job>>>>>>>>.
paskifire
my stress relievers are: going to the gym, listening to party music, dancing inside my room, cuddling my pet dog, taking a tour with my bike, and loving my parents
bsbteng
Growth under stress may influence pathogen virulence and other phenotypic traits. Conidia of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae var. anisopliae (isolate ARSEF 2575) were produced under different stress conditions and then examined for influences on in vitro conidial germination speed, adhesion to the insect cuticle, and virulence to an insect host, Tenebrio molitor. Conidia were produced under non-stress conditions [on potato-dextrose agar plus 1gl(-1) yeast extract (PDAY; control)], or under the following stress conditions: osmotic (PDAY+sodium chloride or potassium chloride, 0.6 or 0.8m); oxidative [(PDAY+hydrogen peroxide, 5mm) or UV-A (irradiation of mycelium on PDAY)]; heat shock (heat treatment of mycelium on PDAY at 45 degrees C, 40min); and nutritive [minimal medium (MM) with no carbon source, or on MM plus 3gl(-1) lactose (MML)]. Conidia were most virulent (based on mortality at 3d) and had the fastest germination rates when produced on MML, followed by MM. In addition, conidial adhesion to host cuticle was greatest when the conidia were produced on MML. Media with high osmolarity (0.8m) produced conidia with slightly elevated virulence and faster germination rates than conidia produced on the control medium (PDAY), but this trend did not hold for media with the lower osmolarity, (0.6m). Conidia produced from mycelium irradiated with UV-A while growing on PDAY had somewhat elevated virulence levels similar to that of conidia produced on MM, but their germination rate was not increased. Hydrogen peroxide and heat shock treatments did not alter virulence. These results demonstrate that the germination, adhesion and virulence of M. anisopliae conidia can be strongly influenced by culture conditions (including stresses) during production of the conidia.
imera
Yeah, stress is bad.
Luckily for me I can handle a lot of stress, my problem when I was still attending school was understanding the teacher, they had such a difficult way to explaining. I ended up dropping out of school, but it was an extra year which I didn't need, just thought it could be nice to have some extra.

While I was working I used to love the little stress moments, because I got to work faster, I got an adrenaline rush. I loved it because most times I was mostly sitting down and doing to little for my taste. But of course stressing all the time wouldn't be good, I always knew how to de stress when I first came home, or on the bus or even at work.
jessicafuellgraf
i have serious problems with stress. but i think that all is good, three months ago i have pills every to take, and i have 10 kilos in 1 month minus.
deanhills
jessicafuellgraf wrote:
i have serious problems with stress. but i think that all is good, three months ago i have pills every to take, and i have 10 kilos in 1 month minus.
I'm curious. What were those pills? Are you still taking them?
mikakiev
The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga can help you activate this relaxation response. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity. What’s more, they also serve a protective quality by teaching you how to stay calm and collected in the face of life’s curveballs.
deanhills
mikakiev wrote:
The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga can help you activate this relaxation response. When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your feelings of joy and serenity. What’s more, they also serve a protective quality by teaching you how to stay calm and collected in the face of life’s curveballs.
This is really great advice, but when stress hits and it becomes chronic, perhaps more is needed, such as taking care of the stress. To shorten the hours of hitting yourself with stress. "Take charge" of stress with the objective of minimizing it. A possible outcome may well be a change in jobs.
toasterintheoven
if stress doesn't lead to headaches, I'd see it as something positive
8166UY
Stress is just an overreaction of the parasympathic system. Just see Wikipedia what other systems it effects:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasympathetic_nervous_system
mshafiq
toasterintheoven wrote:
if stress doesn't lead to headaches, I'd see it as something positive


You are right but in my case it not the headache but even more.

Due to stress I go into depression and I feel sleepy and weak and do not want to work at all.

Sometimes I feel someone has captured my head.

As soon as I feel no stress, life becomes good amazingly.
sthwtproject
dude tell me about it.
managing engineering would have been easy
but now a days the sudden need for people to do well has caused a lot of problems
for no reason what so ever people study complete assignments one time.
due to which the others (me) have to suffer
have not slept well for the past two weeks. Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil
Hecate
Funny how times change.
A few years ago were unheard of stress.
But in the same period the past people have time to themselves.
The adults walked among the trees were, watching nature, knew the neighbors .. really lived.
Children out to play with other kids, climbed trees, walked barefoot on the earth.
and today? adults today do not even know who lives next door, never planted a tree, do not know the song of birds ..
children, those living alone, locked in a room with a computer and a game.
In my opinion, the main symptom of stress is the lack of life .. to live intensely.
deanhills
Hecate wrote:
Funny how times change.
A few years ago were unheard of stress.
But in the same period the past people have time to themselves.
The adults walked among the trees were, watching nature, knew the neighbors .. really lived.
Children out to play with other kids, climbed trees, walked barefoot on the earth.
and today? adults today do not even know who lives next door, never planted a tree, do not know the song of birds ..
children, those living alone, locked in a room with a computer and a game.
In my opinion, the main symptom of stress is the lack of life .. to live intensely.
I'm certain that there still was huge stress around, except they had not coined the word at that time as much as they have today. People probably thought they should not talk about this as much as they do today, it was not a good topic for discussion. These days "everyone is coming out" to discuss their problems in life out in the open. They are encouraged to see psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, etc. so there may be the perception more people are stressed than had been before.

I do like your point of view about "lack of life" and "living intensely" as reasons for stress however. There is so much boredom these days. But I'm thankful for computers however, as I don't think computers are reasons for boring, they are escapism. Maybe some do need to escape from the stresses and boredome of life.
peaceupnorth
A FEW GOOD STRESS RELIEVERS

    *MEDITATION: Very beneficial... Just sitting quietly for 5 to 10 minutes, and encouraging yourself to relax. It can be done before and after class, before bed, after eating etc. Just sitting and relaxing, no need to try to force yourself to do anything or think anything. We can ALWAYS find a few minutes in any day for this useful practise.

    *SERVICE: Doing good for those who need some help is a great way of getting out of our rut. Seeing others suffer, and doing something for them helps us to see the bigger picture.

    *SINGING

    *DANCING (unless those things stress you out more! Shocked )

    *EATING GOOD FOOD: Oftentimes stressed out people can eat badly, which makes their bodies feel bad and adds a lot to the stress.

    *DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS: They don't help much... try herbal tea and a massage instead.

    *GET A MASSAGE: A good, deep massage, that is. It is a tried and true way of "taking a load off" and it usually works better than people think it will.

    *TRY AN "ADAPTOGEN": Adaptogenic herbs are great natural medicines/foods that help the body cope with stress. There are a few examples, but the ones I like the best are: Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng (aka Eleuthero) and Ashwagandha. These herbs are safe and can be taken for a couple months in proper doses (although don't take them if you're pregnant... generally good to consult with a specialist if you have one in your area.) I have found they help me with stress, improve my digestion and circulation, and overall well being.


Hope this helps!
deanhills
peaceupnorth wrote:
*TRY AN "ADAPTOGEN": Adaptogenic herbs are great natural medicines/foods that help the body cope with stress. There are a few examples, but the ones I like the best are: Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng (aka Eleuthero) and Ashwagandha. These herbs are safe and can be taken for a couple months in proper doses (although don't take them if you're pregnant... generally good to consult with a specialist if you have one in your area.) I have found they help me with stress, improve my digestion and circulation, and overall well being.[/list]

Hope this helps!
Thanks for this good posting. I'm particularly interested in the paragraph about "adaptogens". What exactly does it mean? Do you take all of the ones you mentioned, or do you rotate them? Which one would be the most preferred one to take and what brand would you recommend as of course there are so many brands available and none are really equal?

On a lighter note, I like to look at the "Similar Topics" on the bottom of the page, referring to other threads that may be related, and there was one on Should marijuana be legal? So who knows, maybe marijuana could be a great stress reliever as well? Laughing
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