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Definition: Stress describes a state of physical and mental tension that is triggered by exposure to challenges or dangers.

The body reacts to stress by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare the body for fight or flight and lead to physical reactions such as increased heart rate, muscle tension and sweating.

Stress is not inherently negative. In acute situations, stress can even be helpful because it increases performance and enables challenges to be overcome.

However, long-term or chronic stress can have negative effects on health and well-being.

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Causes of stress:

Stress can be triggered by various factors. Common stressors are:

  • Occupational stress: high work pressure, deadline pressure, conflicts with colleagues or superiors, fear of losing your job
  • Personal challenges: Relationship problems, family conflicts, financial worries, illness in the family
  • Life changes: Moving, changing jobs, separation, birth of a child
  • Environmental pollution: Noise, pollution, traffic jams
  • Personal risk factors: Perfectionism, negative thought patterns, lack of social support

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Symptoms of stress:

Stress can manifest itself on different levels:

  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, tension, sleep disorders, digestive problems, racing heart, fatigue
  • Emotional symptoms: Irritability, anxiety, depressive moods, difficulty concentrating, nervousness
  • Behavioral problems: Withdrawal, social withdrawal, irritability, increased substance use (e.g. smoking, alcohol)

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Coping with stress:

There are various methods for dealing with stress.

Important pillars of stress prevention and stress management are:

  • Healthy lifestyle: balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep
  • relaxation techniques: Meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation
  • Time Management: Set priorities, delegate tasks, realistic ones Objectives goals
  • Social support: Exchange with friends and family, building social relationships
  • mindfulness: Live consciously in the here and now, perceive thoughts and feelings without judging them
  • A positive view of life: cultivate an optimistic perspective, practice gratitude
  • set limits: learn to say no, pay attention to your own needs

Keywords: Stress management, healthy lifestyle, relaxation techniques, time management, social support, mindfulness, positive attitude to life, setting boundaries

Professional help:

If stress is persistent or chronic, professional help may be useful. Psychotherapists and stress therapists can develop strategies for dealing with stress and provide support in dealing with the symptoms of stress.

Keywords: professional help, psychotherapist, stress therapist

And finally ...

Stress is a natural part of life. However, it is important to deal with stress healthily to avoid negative health effects. Through a healthy lifestyle, stress management strategies and, if necessary, professional help, stress can be effectively reduced and quality of life increased.

Keywords: Conclusion stress, quality of life

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