Feeling like you're always running on a hamster wheel, with no end in sight? The nagging feeling that won't let you go, the weight that keeps piling up on your shoulders, and the never-ending to-do list that makes you want to scream - that could be stress.
Whether it's a tight deadline at work, a looming exam, or even just a traffic jam on the way home, stress is our body's way of preparing us for a challenge. When faced with a stressor, our bodies kick into gear with the "fight or flight" response, releasing a surge of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that get our hearts racing, our blood pumping, and our muscles primed for action.
While stress can be a useful tool in certain situations, like helping us perform better under pressure, it is important to recognize when it's becoming too much to handle and take steps to manage it before it takes a toll on our well-being.
How does stress affect us?
While we can't eliminate stress from our lives entirely, there are many strategies we can use to manage it and reduce its negative effects:
While it's true that chronic stress can take a toll on our health and well-being, there are plenty of ways to manage it and prevent it from spiraling out of control. Join us in the Forest this month as we unpack what stress is, how you can identify it and learn what you can do to manage it and cope.
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Posted by Khwezi Mabunda