Four Kinds of Stress

stresscracksAhhhh STRESS. Everybody has it, but few know how to deal with it Many different things can cause stress — physical elements (illness and injury), psychological elements (such as fear of falling or snakes) and/or emotional (worry about your family or job). Identifying what may be causing your stress is the first step in learning how to better deal with it.

Here are four common sources of stress:

  1. Survival stress: This is stress triggered by your primal “fight or flight” reflex. It’s a natural response to an actual or perceived danger. You might think of it as “fear induced” stress. It’s something that typically comes on quickly, like a car accident or physical assault. Your body naturally responds to fear with a burst of energy so that you will be better able to survive the dangerous situation (fight) or escape it all together (flight).
  2. Internal stress: This stress comes from within. It’s usually centered around thoughts and feelings about things you can’t control or by situations you place yourself in. Some people become addicted to the kind of hurried, tense, lifestyle that results from being under stress. Internal stress can be triggered by worries about relationships, money, your job your health. Your body typically responds by guarding itself. Weight gain, increased muscle tension, and short-temperedness are typical responses.
  3. Environmental stress: This is a response to things around you like noise, crowding, and pressure from social situations like bullying. The body again “guards” and makes you moody, or aloof, and your physical health is likely to suffer. Identifying these environmental stresses and learning to avoid them or deal with them will help lower your stress level.
  4. Fatigue/Overwork: This kind of stress builds up over a long time and can take a hard toll on your body. It can be caused by working too much or too hard at your job(s), school, or home. It can also be caused by not knowing how to manage your time well or how to take time out for rest and relaxation. This is far more common that most know, and it’s also one of the easiest to learn to manage.

To make matters even more complicated, most of the time you experience more than one of these types of stress at the same time. It’s no wonder lots of people are overstressed.

When you experience large amounts of any type of stress you can become tired, sick, and unable to concentrate or think clearly. Sometimes, the stress can be severe enough to effect your mental health as well. That’s where massage comes in. Scientifically proven to reduce stress and just about the best thing you can do to reduce the physical and mental symptoms resulting just about any stressful element. Massage can clear your head, help you re-center and re-evaluate and give you a real and positive feeling of wellbeing. Massage can focus on areas of tension and give your brain rest-time enough to begin to deal with the root causes of the stress, which, ultimately, is the most important puzzle to solve.