Are you stressed? If your answer is yes, don’t worry. You are not the only one who experiences stress. Everyone around you is stressed due to some or the other reasons. Yes, not all the time, but everyone experiences stress at times. People in all age groups experience stress. You cannot run away from stress completely but you can definitely reduce stress. There can be many reasons for which we are stressed; it can be work load or any other problem for adults, school test for kids.
To control our stress you must understand the meaning of stress. Let us throw some light on what exactly stress is?
What Is Stress?
We respond to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. Human body produces sweat and also many changes take place suddenly in the body to cope up with the stressful situation. Adrenal glands are given signal by the hypothalamus to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. All these changes in the body occurs automatically and prepares a person react quickly and effectively to handle the stressful situation. This is a natural reaction which is called stress response. But the stress response can also cause problems when it overreacts or fails to turn off and reset itself properly.
Stress Can Be Helpful At Times!
Moderate amount of stress can always be helpful to improve your performance. Scientists have found out that, when we are totally relaxed we do not perform at our best on most tasks. A little anxiety and stress motivates us and help us perform better. But too much of stress can spoil it totally. There are evidences that moderate amounts of stress can be a good thing.
When we are too much stressed our ability to perform reduces. When we visit the examination hall for a subject which w consider to be toughest, our stress level is the highest. We may find that we then forget things that we studied. On the contrary when you appear for a test of a subject which you consider to be less tough we tend to remember even those answers which we have read once. This is because we are in less pressure. Moderate stress increases our performance.
We suffer from memory problems when we are in too much stress. In an experiment which was done on mice proves it. Mice who have been trained to run a maze often forget how to run the same maze when under stress. Researchers also found elevated levels of a hormone similar to the human hormone cortisol – sometimes called the “stress hormone.” Elevated cortisol levels may be one reason that too much stress impairs performance on some tasks.
Stress if moderate helps. We must try to moderate our stress and balance it to cope with the demands of life.