Stress and Stress Management

Stress and Stress Management

Working Definition: “...a negative discrepancy between an individual’s perceived state and desired state, provided that the presence of this discrepancy is considered important by the individual.Edwards, (1988).

Common physiological symptoms and effects of stress include:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhoea
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Heart racing/palpitations
  • Dizziness or flushing
  • Restlessness
  • Tremor/shakes
  • Hyperventilation or choking sensation
  • Skin rashes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sexual dysfunction

Common psychological symptoms can include:

  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Mood swing
  • Tearfulness
  • Nightmares
  • Thoughts of self-harm

Stress reduction treatment involves tackling the root causes of stress, assisting in the readjustment of lifestyle or design out the excessive stress factors and tackling the body and mind’s adaptation response to stress.

In short: sort out the issue, do a life overhaul, learn to relax and restore your mind and body. Easy, right?  Probably not.