Before we can understand survival and learn how to survive, it is helpful to first learn a little about stress (mental pressure). Stress is not a disease that can be permanently cured and eradicated. Stress is a condition we all experience a lot. Stress can also be described as our response to pressure. And pressure on us reveals exactly how we physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually respond to difficult life situations.
Why We Need Stress?
It should be noted that stress has many positive benefits. Stress gives us problems – and it allows us to learn about ourselves, about our values, and about our strengths and weaknesses. Stress shows us how we can handle pressure. This is a kind of test of our adaptability and flexibility. Stress stimulates us to do our best to solve the problem. Beyond that, stress can also be a great indicator of how much value we attach to an event – in other words, stress emphasizes what is important to us.
We must have some stress in our lives, but too much stress can be very bad for us. Stress is good, but not too much. Too much stress has a profound effect on both people and organizations. Too much stress leads to disaster, and adversity always gives us unpleasant tension from which we try to escape.
Even minor factors can lead to serious disorders if they all happen too close to each other. The body’s resistance to stress decreases and, ultimately, a state of weakness comes.
Common Signs of Excessive Stress
You can find these signs in yourself and in your loved ones or friends when you are faced with too much stress:
- Difficulty making decisions
- Outbursts of anger
- Low energy level
- Error prone
- Constant worry
- Isolation from friends or society
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Avoiding responsibility
As you can see, stress can be not only constructive but also extremely destructive. It can help or hinder your progress, move you forward or stop, make your life meaningful or meaningless. A stressful situation can inspire you to successfully complete tasks at the peak of your productivity, as well as survive in different conditions. On the other hand, pressure can lead to panic and to the fact that you forget everything that you have been taught.
Stress and Survival: The Keys
Almost any event and situation can lead to stress and, like all trials, events do not always come one at a time. Often, they happen at the same time. By themselves, these events are not stressful, but they can cause it and are therefore called “irritants”. After our body recognizes the presence of a stressor, it takes action to protect itself.
In response to a stressor, the body prepares itself to “fight or flee”. Our brain sends an internal SOS signal throughout the body. The body begins to use its “fuel” (fats and sugar) to quickly provide the body with energy; breathing quickens to bring more oxygen to the blood; muscle tension increases to prepare for action; blood clotting mechanisms are activated to reduce possible bleeding from wounds; the senses are heightened – your hearing becomes more sensitive, the smell becomes sharper, etc… So that you are more aware of your surroundings; finally, the heart rate and blood pressure rise to ensure blood flow to the muscles. All of these defense mechanisms enable you to deal with potential hazards; however, one cannot maintain this level of vigilance indefinitely.
The main key to your survival is your ability to control what you have to face. Only you can control it. You have to work with stress, but not allow yourself to work for it.
By anticipating stress and unpleasant situations and developing strategies to deal with them, you can effectively manage stress when it really does.
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