Managing Stress Symptoms – How to Cope Better with Stress

Stress affects everyone. No-one is completely immune. So what sorts of factors determine who is more vulnerable to the harmful effects of stress?

Stress can affect anyone. People of every race, every age, and all socio-economic classes experience stress.  Parents, men, women, retirees, baby boomers, teens, even children all experience different kinds of stress.  In fact no-one is completely immune although everyone experiences stress at different levels.

You may have heard that stress is subjective – it is.  Even if two people experience exactly the same situation, one person might not find it terribly stressful whilst the other might be hugely traumatized. This is because some people are naturally able to cope with stress-charged situations better than others.  And these fortunate people do not tend to suffer with long-term stress effects and are also less likely to suffer long term health than their more stressed out friends.   

So what sorts of factors determine who is more vulnerable to the harmful effects of stress? After all, financial strains, job related stress, relationships, parenting, illness and life transitions and many other stressful events affect just about everyone. So what kinds of people weather the storms of stress well? And who does not?

The answer is actually quite clear. 

The people who are most resistant to stress and who deal well with it are usually those who have a strong support network in place, such as friends they can talk to, family close by who can offer practical help etc.   The people who cope well with stress also tend to be those who actively relax, are by and large fit and usually eat a balanced diet.

In contrast, the people who have the most trouble dealing with stress are generally the ones who:

  • do not have a strong support network of friends and family;
  • are poorly nourished for whatever reason;
  • are suffering generally poorer health, including any untreated illnesses;
  • do not get enough sleep or exercise;
  • any combination of these (new parents take note!)  

People who are hit with many stressful events in rapid succession may also have trouble coping with stress.  These people, whether young or old are less likely to handle stress well, and more likely to suffer more from the effects of stress.

While no one can avoid all stress all the time, stress does affect people differently. The ability to handle stress well is closely linked with good general health, a good support network and experiencing stress as a relatively isolated event rather than an ongoing occurrence.

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Recognizing Stress Symptoms

You may not realize that you have a stressful attitude, but those around you may be treading lightly.  Maybe you have never thought about the things you do in light of stress and how it’s affecting your relationships. Fixing this is not as simple as squeezing a smiley ball stress reliever – but it might help. Rather, there is a multitude of various factors and stressors that may need to be addressed.  

So how do you know if you’re experiencing stress symptoms?  Here is quick list of questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do you lose your temper more quickly than usual?  Are your family members or coworkers always walking on eggshells around you because you are touchy?  (Ask your spouse if you aren’t sure)
  • Are you having more trouble concentrating on things?  Is even finishing simple tasks getting stressful?
  • Do you find yourself getting anxious and depressed more than is usual for you – and it doesn’t just go away?
  • Are you having neck problems and headaches more often than usual?  How about stomach pains?
  • Do you grind your teeth – day or night?  If you wake up with a headache, it may just be that you do.  Ask your spouse.
  • Do you brush off the little pleasures in your life like your child bringing you a drawing, or do you ignore a beautiful sunset?
  • Do you find yourself going to the fridge for snacks or the cupboard for drinks more often?  Are you perhaps smoking more heavily?

If you answered “yes” to more than one or two of these questions, you can be sure that you have excessive stress in your life. 

Just knowing you have stress symptoms can help you get on with dealing with it in a constructive way.  Check out top stress busting tips you can start today. 

Decide to de-stress – it is a life choice.