10 wichtige Fakten über Stress

10 important facts about stress that you need to know!

Stress and the facts: “I’m stressed!”, “Not now, I’m stressed!” – Statements that each of us makes from time to time. Stress is a natural reaction of the body, but how well do you know about it?

Here are 10 important facts about stress that you need to know:

1. stress and headaches

Stress is often the main cause of headaches. In addition, stress releases certain substances in our body. These substances can cause migraines.

You can reduce your risk of headaches by eating and drinking regularly.

Breathing exercises can also help prevent headaches.

2. stress and muscle tension / muscle pain.

When stressed, your muscles are more energized. To protect yourself from the impending danger, your muscles become more tense. For example, if you are under constant stress, there is not enough time to recover. The permanent tension results in tension, pain and muscle stiffness.

This is where a massage can help. It has a relaxing effect both physically and emotionally.

3. stress and mental performance

By increasing the supply to your muscles, the supply to your brain decreases.

For our “Stone Age brains” it was just particularly important to make a decision quickly. Will the saber-toothed tiger be attacked, or does escape make more sense? Had our

ancestors here, we probably would not have survived.

Since brain functions are affected during stress, anxiety, irritability and sleep disturbances can also be a result. When you are stressed, your ability to concentrate decreases and forgetfulness increases.

4. stress and sleep

The sleep disturbances have just been mentioned. Stress is also one of the main causes when it comes to insomnia. Either you find it harder to fall asleep or you wake up more often at night. Hence the lack of concentration in everyday life. Of course, this is also accompanied by fatigue.

You can actively counteract stress in the evening. E.g. one hour before going to bed no more social media, no news (generally no TV). Breathing exercises or meditation can also help you to switch off.

5. is this still acute or already chronic?

Maybe you have already asked yourself this question?

You can call the stress you experience in your private and professional life acute stress. Although this is short-lived, it can already cause muscle tension, digestive problems, insomnia and headaches. When you are exposed to stressful situations over a long period of time, chronic stress develops. This is where the risk for further health problems and depression increases.

6. stress and the perception

The processes of stress are almost the same for everyone, but everyone perceives stress differently. The symptoms of stress are very different and so is how we perceive stressful situations. While one person is relaxing in a traffic jam because there is now more time to listen to their favorite songs, another person is completely stressed out.

Both are the same situation. While stress in some individuals tends to lead to emotional symptoms e.g. restlessness, worry, brooding, nervousness, others are more physically affected.

7. stress and the nervous system

When danger threatens, your brain switches to Fight or Flight mode (flight or attack).

You now have 3 options, escape, attack or “play dead”. Your heart rate increases, your blood vessels constrict, and you’re more alert. Now you are optimally prepared for fast action.

8. stress can be helpful

Stress can be helpful and positive. What is meant is the so-called eustress. Do you remember the feeling before your first kiss? That is eustress! Stress can increase your attention and performance in the short term. You even need a certain amount of stress to perform at your best in sports or on the job.

9. stress can affect anyone

Avoiding stress is not possible. Stress has increased significantly in recent years. Statistics show that sick leave is often higher due to stress and mental illness, than those due to physical illnesses (e.g. flu). The reasons for this are often related to career, money and relationships.

10. you can actively do something against stress

Fortunately, there are many ways to do something about stress. Breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, your diet and regular exercise can help you reduce stress and improve your mental as well as physical well-being.

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