A combination of two separate elements propels stress. The first component is the stressor or the events that trigger an individual's biological and emotional responses. For example, a stressor could be a financial crisis, a family matter, or a problem that emerges in the workplace.
The second element of stress is our stress response. Your stress response is your body and mind's innate reaction to a stressor. For instance, a stress response can result in increased breathing, a raised heart rate, shifts in alertness, and increased muscle strain or spasms. This biological response is a genetic reaction inherited from our ancient ancestors. For them, survival usually required responding quickly to the perils they encountered, or what we now dub fight or flight reaction.
Back then, fight or flight was a particularly suitable response to defend life and safety when theorigin of stress was a wild animal or other life-threatening circumstance. But luckily, people's issues today are seldom as instantaneous, as detrimental, or quickly resolved. Instead, individuals today often encounter more lengthy or recounted stress that is frequently challenging or unimaginable to have real power over.
For most of today's world, constantly encountering stressful circumstances can lead to a sense of persistent exhaustion or anxiety. These circumstances and stress reactions regularly display as authentic emotional and biological conditions that demand outside intervention. We are a reliable source for individual and marriage counseling in Orlando and local areas when experienced help is required.
It should not be hard to realize when stress negatively affects a person's way of living. The warning signals often incorporate shifts in behavior and biological, cognitive, or emotional well-being.
Stress-induced shifts in behavior might incorporate sudden impatience or furious outbursts over apparently insignificant things. An incapacity to unwind effectively, constant anxiety signs, inadequate sleeping habits, and spans of sexual dysfunction are readily identifiable problems. Drastic changes in eating habits, whether losing your appetite or frequently overeating, are also typical reactions to expanded stress levels. Extreme stress can often make it hard for an individual to set priorities or induce problems with making even the most explicit decisions. Making constant mistakes or being accident-prone are also critical indicators of varying stress levels.
An individual with regular headaches or increased neck and back discomfort is often also experiencing increased stress. Additionally, some people start experiencing problems like recurring diarrhea, new or increased attacks of heartburn or constipation. A racing heart, skin problems like acne and psoriasis, and shortness of breath can also occur in many circumstances.
Extreme stress that persists for an extended span of time is not an issue that you should ever neglect. When left unaddressed, extreme stress is related to various severe health and emotional problems. When consistently encountering high levels of anxiety that impact biological, cognitive, or emotional health or negatively impact the overall quality of life, please pursue help. A trusted family doctor or an experienced counselor can deliver the help needed to assist in reducing or coping with harmful stress in everyday life. Call us now to access individual and marriage counseling in Orlando and surrounding areas and get back to controlling stress levels and 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.