Stress isn’t always a bad thing. It can help push you to perform better and react more quickly – important factors if you’re in a demanding situation. But sustained stress can also be exhausting and debilitating. If you’re feeling stressed on an every day basis, you could find that it is having an impact on your body. Here’s how to fix it!
You probably already suspect that stress affects most Australians, but those instincts have been confirmed by the 2013 Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey, conducted by the Australian Psychological Society. In fact, 73 per cent of Australians reported that stress was having at least some impact on their lives, with almost one in five (17 per cent) reporting that stress was having a strong to very strong impact on their physical health.
Stress is a biological response that primes your body for a challenge. It can motivate you to get a job done quickly, push you to perform better and help you to react faster. But stress also has some unpleasant physical side-effects, including headaches, poor sleep, shallow breathing, tummy upsets and irritability.
Stress is the body’s natural response to pressure. When you are in a risky situation, your heart rate increases, your start breathing faster, your blood pressure rises, muscles are tensed, pupils are dilated – in short, you are ready for action. But sometimes the body feels stress in relation to long-lasting events...