Effects of stress and tension
STRESS is everywhere in our daily lives, good or bad, it is essential to life but sometimes a cause of death. It sweetens victory and defines defeat. It relieves boredom, helps in maintaining life, resist aggression and adapt to changing external influences.
Stress may be pleasant or unpleasant, damaging or helpful. Its effect, especially its negative physiological impact on our bodies, may be long lasting, and even occurring after the stressful event has ceased.
The characteristic signs of stress may be felt immediately for example when someone’s car nearly collides with our own, or both before and after the occurrence of events, thus, stress according to experts is caused by many factors like geographical change, social readjustment, sudden surprising occurrences, and even work or training that we feel inadequate with.
“Stress is essentially the wear and tear in the body caused by life at any one moment” by various kinds of stressors be it emotional, environmental, and physiological, that most likely affects the body. Changes in our lives, whether good or bad, cause stress. Stress itself, whether good
or bad, impair the way we live, work and feel.
Stress changes us physically, and may cause a variety of medical illnesses, some imagined and some very real, painful, even lethal. Experts say that in each period of stress, especially from frustrating, unsuccessful struggles, leaves some irreversible chemical scars, because, most diseases are the result of too much stress.
Stress places a severe burden on our bodies, with specific sequential reactions, because when we become burdened beyond our stress tolerance, we become ill or develop emotional problems the same that we may suffer physical breakdowns like the athlete.
Stressful or not, the body always prepares for action anytime and every time, that excites the brain and stimulates the whole body function from the heart to the blood, to muscles, for the body to react to the present situation, task, etc. However, where we should react, too often in our society instead of taking action or fleeing-the fight-or-flight reaction, we merely sit and seethe.
The constant suppression of this natural sequence puts an unnatural strain in our bodies, where our failure to respond with physical action to stress is the main cause of tension, which can also lead to injury.