Stress can damage you as a person. It makes you feel pressured, tensed, unrelaxed and anxious. Stress even manifests in your physical appearances, with the onset of wrinkles and dark spots. Thus, it is important to know what level of stress you are experiencing.
Let us be aware of these three kinds of stress that may affect us.
Acute stress is the most common type of stress. It is your body’s immediate response to a new threat, challenge or demand. Acute stress is not all the time negative. It can be a feeling of thrill, excitement, and nervousness, or sometimes it can be exhausting. Some acute stress experiences include the first time we ride a rollercoaster, go to a horror house or watch thriller-suspense films. On the other hand, it can be the stress from short accidents, heated arguments and even body problems like heartburn, constipation, and irregular bowel movement, among others. Acute stress can be manageable and treatable. Although, if addressed late, it may lead to extensive psychological distress.
Episodic Acute Stress
If acute stress happens frequently, it’s called an episodic acute stress. They are commonly those people who overthink and pressure themselves. They are often short-tempered, anxious and irritable. Some of them are also “worry warts” or people who tend to be pessimistic about almost everything. They always see the negative side, the disaster, and the worst outcomes. People with episodic acute stress have higher risks of negative health effects. They accept stress as part of their lives, thus it is hard for them to change their lifestyle.
If acute stress becomes unresolved and increases its likelihood to happen every time, it becomes a chronic stress. This stress doesn’t go away and exposes an individual to threats in life. Chronic stress wears people away day after day. The worst aspect is that they accept the stress as normal and will do nothing to alter the situation. Chronic stress can be caused by the bad job, dysfunctional family, unhappy marriage, and poverty. Several diseases like cancer, heart disorder, lung failure, and accidents can also contribute to chronic stress.
Thus, it is advisable to avoid from being exposed to things that cause you stress. You can also get rid of the people that stress you a lot. Stress is inevitable, however, it doesn’t mean that you will tolerate it. There are practical ways you can do to manage stress effectively.