by Susan Schachter September 29, 2022 3 min read
No one likes stress. Even “good stress” like nervousness before a presentation or getting a promotion can make us anxious. But stress in those situations can actually be helpful for us. However; other types of stress, “not good stress” can be bad for us. It’s important to know how stress works because if it’s not the good type, it can have a huge impact on our blood pressure.
The medical community will sometimes speak of something called General Adaptation Syndrome. It addresses the process the body goes through when it is exposed to stress.
It includes 3 stages:
Aside from fatigue, anxiety, mental fog, and depression, if we don’t find a way to keep our bodies from entering that third stage, then we are at risk of developing decreased immune function, stomach ulcers, type-2 diabetes, and cardiac disease (including high blood pressure).
As I mentioned above, there’s “good” stress and “not good” stress. Good stress is part of being alive. It keeps us motivated, keeps our body working, and helps us stay alert and focused. This type of stress would take us through stages one and two of General Adaptation Syndrome.
Then there’s the “not good” stress This type of stress comes about when you hear or see something that makes you feel a lack of control. Like when your blood pressure medication has been recalled, your significant other is mad at you, inflation is hovering over your finances, every time you turn on your favorite news channel you’re hearing about war and the polarization of our population. Or you’re afraid of something, or you keep comparing your life to what you see on social media. Any of these can take us into the third stage of General Adaptation Syndrome and bring with it all the physical ailments mentioned earlier.
Obviously, we can’t always avoid “not good” stress, and so we need to find ways to manage it. That way, we can reassert control of our own body and keep stress from causing physical problems.
Some suggestions for managing stress:
Anything that makes you feel more in control and/or brings you bliss is encouraged! Your heart will thank you later!
Here’s to your health!
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