If you put a frog in a pot of cool water, then put the pot on the stove and slowly turn up the heat until the water boils does the frog jump out? No! The theory is that the frog stays in the pot of water. The frog, being able to adapt to gradual temperature changes stays in the pot of water as it heats. Unaware of the danger the frog slowly cooks until it dies. Chronic Stress.
Now, if you put the pot of water on the stove, turn the heat up until it boils and then place the frog in the water; the frog jumps out immediately realizing the danger. Acute Stress.
70% - 90% of all doctor visits are stress related.
When stress is applied slowly, piling on, building, over a period of time without a break or release we may be a prime candidate for chronic stress.
Chronic stress is the body’s response to ongoing psychological and / or physical stress. A stressful job, a difficult child, problems in your relationship, financial troubles, ongoing health issues can all add up and put the body in a constant state of stress. As a result the stress hormones flood the body for a prolonged period of time having a negative effective on one or more of our body’s systems.
We often don’t realize the degree of stress in our lives until parts of it start to tumble down around us. Chronic stress may affect us mentally, emotionally, physically and present changes in our behaviour.
85% of serious illnesses are believed to be stress related.
It’s important we recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress early and seek the appropriate help. Signs and symptoms of chronic stress may include but not be limited to:
- moodiness, irritability, short-tempered
- unhappiness, loneliness
- focusing on the negative, pessimistic
- inability to concentrate, remember
- changes in sleeping patterns changes in eating / drinking habits
- pulling away from family & friends
- anxiety, fear, feelings of being overwhelmed
- unexplained aches and pains
- digestive problems
- decreased immunity, frequently sick
10 Tips for Managing Chronic Stress
- Recognize stress is a problem. Denial is our worst enemy. It may be unpleasant to admit things are out of control and you help, but this step is essential to move forward and find solutions.
- Relax. Set aside time for yourself and find healthy ways to unwind and relax.
- go for a walk spend time in nature
- play / pet an animal
- have a bubble bath
- play relaxing music
- watch a something funny
- what caused the stress.
- what was your reaction
- how did it make you feel, emotionally & physically
- what did you do to make yourself feel better