Illness is considered a behavioural stressor

Been lashing out because of emotional overflow?

Most of the time we find ourselves in the pit of emotions, wanting relief but can’t. Usually, the feelings accumulate over time resulting in one big outburst that normally isn’t directed towards the right person.

Extensive research have been carried out by behaviour experts only to find that the exact cause of this sudden splurge of feelings, is none other than, “stress”. In this era of high technology and competition, pressure to be unique is resulting in young people going under stress, leading to depression and anxiety engulfing them.

Understanding what stress is

Ever felt brain fog, unable to concentrate on mundane tasks? Overwhelmed, inability to cope up with pressure, Stress is exactly that. It is our body’s response to pressure. In our daily routine, there can be many reasons that can trigger a stress response for example when we face a new situation in life that hasn’t been dealt with before or a life-threatening scene that is uncontrollable etc.

Every individual responds uniquely to stress. The body undergoes a fight or flight response by releasing hormones. For some, it brings out the best in them while for others, not so much.

Types of Stress

We can broadly categorize stress into three classes

  1. Physical Stress
  2. Psychological Stress
  3. Social Stress

Physical Stress

Injury due to trauma is one of the major stress inducers, while external factors like pollution, pesticide usage, radiation and substance abuse can also contribute to it.

Psychological Stress

It is fairly easy to spot and conquer physical stress factors but psychological is totally a different game. It can be considered worse since it’s undetectable. Emotional stressors are everywhere. Sense of guilt, heavy responsibilities, anxiety, self-criticism, unwanted comments all of which can make a sane person go crazy.

Social Stress

In this era, we are all a part of a race no one voluntarily signed up for. With the dynamic changes happening in this world, one significant issue is the fear of lagging behind. The fear of not being enough, not being able to make it like others is eating everyone from the inside.

In a nutshell, improper management of stress takes a toll on an individual’s personality.

Does an illness contribute towards behaviour Stress?

Behavioural symptoms of stress often get unnoticed and are labelled as “bad habits”
It is important to recognize the pattern and get help to reverse it. Changes in appetite, ie compulsive eating or not eating at all, procrastination, avoiding social circle, all are symptoms of behavioural stress.

While there are many reasons considered to contribute to this, illness, is not one of them. We might think that chronic illnesses can play a major role in changing behavior patterns but if properly put, illness would come out as a biological stressor.

An illness impacts both the physical and mental state of a person which makes it next to impossible for that individual to function its normal regime. It affects the person in an entirety, deep down to the cellular level.

Overcoming Stress

To improve the quality of life it is essential to recognize and beat the stressors. Here are a few steps that can be of help

  1. First and foremost, recognize the stress. Evaluate whether the reason you’re going insane for is worth it or not. Would it impart negativity if not dealt with, or can it be left aside? Asses and then think of an action plan
  2. Seek help. There is no shame in accepting that the life you’re living has problems, trust me building healthy relationships and releasing your inner thoughts once in a while, helps reduce stress 70% of the time
  3. Might sound surprising but exercising regularly has not only an impact on your physical health but also works for the betterment of your mind. Endorphin, a happy hormone is released making one feel accomplished and satisfied
  4. Lastly, give yourself a break. Nobody is perfect. Take your time relax yourself, get a good night’s sleep, it works wonders.
  5. No matter where you hide, stressors will always find you. All you have got to do is believe in yourself and go with the flow.

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