A mixture of two distinct components induces stress. The first element is the stressor or the circumstances that trigger people's bodily and emotional responses. For instance, a stressor may be an economic issue, family problem, or a situation that occurs in the workplace.
The second element of stress is the stress response. The stress reaction is an individual's body and mind's innate reaction to a stressor. For example, a stress response often results in increased breathing, a raised heart rate, shifts in alertness, and increased muscle tension or cramps. This natural reaction is a hereditary response inherited from ancient predecessors. For them, survival often mandated reacting fast to the dangers they encountered, or what we currently call fight or flight response. Back then, fight or flight was a remarkably suitable response to defend life and security when the stress origin was a wild animal or other life-threatening problem. Fortunately, people's issues today are seldom as prompt, treacherous, or quickly settled. Instead, individuals today often encounter more prolonged or repeated stress that is usually challenging or impossible to have any power over.
For most of today's civilization, constantly facing stressful circumstances can leave a sense of persistent fatigue or anxiety. Unfortunately, these circumstances and stress reactions regularly manifest as genuine emotional and physical ailments that demand outside intervention. We are a dependable source for finding an individual or marriage counselor in Orlando and nearby vicinities when experienced help is essential.
It should not be hard to identify when stress negatively affects an individual's way of life. The warning signals often include shifts in conduct and physical, mental, or emotional well-being.
Stress-induced shifts in behavior might include impulsive impatience or furious outbursts over clearly minor things. An incapacity to unwind effectively, constant anxiety manifestation, harmful sleep patterns, and spans of sexual dysfunction are easily identifiable problems. Extreme shifts in eating patterns, whether losing appetite or frequently overeating, are also common responses to raised stress levels. Undue stress often makes it hard for an individual to set priorities and causes problems with making even the most simple decisions. Making routine mistakes or becoming accident-prone are also important indicators of evolving stress levels.
A person with recurring headaches or increased neck and back discomfort is often associated with elevated stress. In addition, some individuals start suffering from recurring diarrhea, new or heightened bouts of heartburn, or attacks of constipation. Heart palpitations, skin issues like acne or psoriasis, and shortness of breath can also happen in some patients.
Excessive stress that persists for an extended duration is not an issue you should ever overlook. When left untreated, severe stress is related to various health and emotional problems. When consistently encountering increased stress levels that impact physical, mental, or emotional health or negatively impact your overall quality of life, please pursue help. A trusted family doctor or a professional therapist can offer the support needed to decrease or manage unhealthy stress in daily life. Contact us to access an individual or marriage counselor in Orlando and get back to controlling stress levels and having an improved sense of general well-being.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.