Stress is something many of us become familiar with as kids, students, professionals, and parents. Here are some common questions about stress:
- What is stress?
Stress is a normal response to certain situations and events that we encounter in life. It is a normal and necessary part of life that can help us to cope with challenges and motivate us to achieve our goals. However, when stress becomes chronic or unmanaged, it can have negative effects on our mental and physical health. Stress is a chemical combination that results from these pressures.
- What are the symptoms of stress?
A full list of symptoms vary depending on if the stress is short term or long term. Symptoms of stress can vary from person to person, but common symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Stomach problems
- Lack of concentration
- Mood changes
- What are the causes of stress?
There are many different causes of stress, and these can vary from person to person. Some common causes of stress include work and job responsibilities, financial concerns, personal relationships, health issues, life transitions, environmental factors, and personal values. Stress is usually caused when pressures exceed our comfort and we are put in a state of ‘stress’. More info on the chemicals behind stress can be found here.
- How can stress be managed and reduced?
There are many strategies that can help to manage and reduce stress. These can include exercise and physical activity, good sleep hygiene, time management, relaxation techniques, and seeking social support. It is important to find a balance between the demands of life and the resources available to cope with those demands. More advice on managing stress can be found here.
- Are there any medical treatments for stress?
There are several medical treatments for stress, including therapy, medication, and alternative treatments such as acupuncture or herbal remedies. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment for stress. You can see our list of herbal stress reducers in our blog here.