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What is stress?

As far as stress is concerned, we can say that stress can affect anyone at any time. It is the body’s response to a situation which is challenging or threatening. This response can be helpful at times. For example, positive stress helps you to meet deadlines or survive physical danger by producing motivation and energy. However, when you are under intense pressure, you may experience the symptoms of negative stress.

What causes stress?

Apart from a major trauma like an accident or the death of someone close, not many events are stressful in themselves. Stress arises when you see a situation as threatening or difficult to deal with or when you have very high expectations. For example, organising a surprise party may make you feel anxious because you don’t want anything to go wrong, whereas others may enjoy planning it and keep it secret.

What are the symptoms of stress?

People who suffer from stress often complain of headaches, sweaty hands or ‘butterflies’ in the stomach. Lack of sleep, feeling tired and bad-tempered, and not being able to concentrate are also common symptoms.

What can you do to reduce stress?

First, find out what is causing it. Knowing what causes stress for you can help you to cope with it better.

Why you should learn to cope with stress?

I think it’s very important to learn how to cope with stress at a very young age because when you are calm and relaxed, you can make better decisions. Furthermore, stress can cause somatic illnesses.

Nowadays, there are different strategies of coping with stress.

First, you shouldn’t take on more than you know you can do, which means to learn to turn down some of the requests people make.

Second, you should take regular breaks. For example, go for a walk, work out at the gym or listen to music.

Third, you need to eat a balanced diet and avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.

When should you get professional help for stress?

If sharing your thoughts and fears with friends and family members doesn’t help you to cope with stress or you have unreasonable headaches or other somatic illnesses, and doctors can’t find the cause of the illness, I think it’s high time you asked for professional help.