In order to handle stress, we first have to see what stress is and what are types of stress. We will then see how to handle every kind of stress. Stress is a feeling. It is not anything physical. It is all in your head.
TYPES of stress:
There are three types of stress:
1. Acute Stress
2. Episodic Acute Stress
3. Chronic Stress
Now we will discuss each type of stress and how to handle each type separately.
1. Acute Stress
The person having acute stress might have some or all of the following symptoms:
a. Raced Heartbeat
b. High Blood Pressure
c. Sense of Emergency
e. Back Pain
h. Gut Problems
The symptoms mentioned above of acute stress may appear for a short time and subside when the stress eases.
How to Handle Acute Stress:
The first thing you consider while dealing with acute stress is that you should believe that this condition is temporary. You should pause your activities and have a break of an hour or two. During the break, you should go to a nearby café, grab a coffee or some snack and then go for a walk to a nearby park or a recreation spot. If the weather conditions are not right, you can go to a nearby big shopping mall and do window shopping. You don’t have to buy anything. It would be best if you visited the shops to see the pretty things and enjoy the moment. After an hour or two of such recreation, you will feel relieved and look that your stress is now gone. In this way, you can now enjoy a stress-free life.
Following are some of the remedies for handling Acute Stress:
- Runaway from the stressor if possible.
- Solve the stress-creating problem at the earliest.
- Don’t think about the stressor in your head.
2. Episodic acute stress
This type of stress is so called episodic because the state of stress occurs regularly from time to time, and there are episodes of the occurrence of symptoms. The symptoms of each attack are the same as the acute stress but occur more often and accumulate.
How to Handle Episodic Acute Stress:
Following are the three avenues for the treatment of Episodic Acute Stress Disorder:
- Lifestyle Changes
Therapy and medication are two things that professionals deal so here we will only discuss the lifestyle changes.
Following lifestyle changes are recommended to counter Episodic Acute Stress:
i. Changing stressful job
ii. Start an exercising routine
iii. Removing stressors from your life
3. Chronic stress.
This type of stress is so-called chronic because it is long-term. One might be living with chronic stress for months or even years.
Following are the symptoms of chronic stress:
b. difficulty sleeping
c. difficulty concentrating
d. rapid, disorganized thoughts
e. loss of sexual desire
f. frequent infections or illnesses
g. irritability, which can be extreme
h. low self-esteem
i. digestive problems
l. changes in appetite
m. feeling helpless
n. a perception of loss of control
How to Handle Chronic Stress:
The first step to handling chronic stress is to know that you have chronic stress. So you have to evaluate yourself or go to a psychologist and tell him/her about your symptoms. The psychologist will assess you, and if it turns out that you have chronic stress, then the second step towards handling the chronic stress is to accept that you are suffering from chronic stress. After knowledge and acceptance, the third step is the treatment of chronic stress. If possible, you should seek professional help from a psychiatrist or a psychologist. If necessary, you should go for medication or therapy.