“Stress affects not only our health but also our relationships, work performance, general sense of well-being, and quality of life”.1

Umbrella
What may the Stress Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Psychological Stress
  • Stress

Terminology

Can stress mean different things to different people?

I think the term stress can be like the terms anxiety, love and menopause and mean different things, to different people, at different times, in different places.

When I use the term stress what I mean may be different to what someone else means or what is meant in medicaltalk.

It can therefore be important when the term stress is used to be clear about what is meant, so we may work out whether we are on the same page meaning the same thing or not.

Definition

What is stress?

DotS the definition of stress may vary. The (United States) National Institute of Mental Health’s (CDC) definition is:

“Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Any type of challenge—such as performance at work or school, a significant life change, or a traumatic event—can be stressful”.2

The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health definition is:

“Stress occurs when you feel you are not coping with life.

We all need a little stress to motivate us to achieve or get things done. However, too much stress, particularly over a long period of time, can take its toll on your health and sense of wellbeing. Extreme stress can be so overwhelming it causes physical reactions such as nausea, diarrhoea, over eating and under eating. There are many things you can do to manage stress; it is just about finding the right strategy for you”.3

Chronic Stress

What may chronic stress cause?

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“Chronic stress is not good for anyone’s health. It may cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, headaches, gastric reflux, depression/anxiety, and, over the long term, an increased risk for heart disease. Some believe that chronic stress may affect our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, infections, and even cancer. Stress affects not only our health but also our relationships, work performance, general sense of well-being, and quality of life”.4

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and stress?

In Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions the NAMS elaborate on:

Stress
“Many women find the time around menopause stressful. This may be partially due to hormonal changes and resulting bothersome symptoms such as hot flashes and disrupted sleep. In addition, family and personal issues such as the demands of teenage children, children leaving home, aging parents, midlife spouses, and career changes often converge on women during these years”.5

Self-Help

What can I try to relieve stress?

In Moodzone: How To Deal With Stress – How To Tackle Stress the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) explain some “things you can try to help with stress”.

In 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 4. There Are Ways To Manage Stress the (United States) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) include “some tips that may help you to cope with stress”.

Online Resources, Programs and Apps

Are online stress management resources, programs and Apps available?

DotC (Depending on the Country) online stress management resources, programs and apps may be available.

Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online stress management resources, programs and Apps similar to anxiety Online Resources and Programs, by the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

Health Care Provider

What if my stress is stressing me?

If your stress is stressing you, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Violence Prevention: Coping With Stress – Healthy Ways To Cope With Stress the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

  • “Take care of yourself
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
    • Exercise on a regular basis
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out
  • Talk to others…
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol…
  • Take a break…
  • Recognize when you need more help. If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor”.6

In 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 5. If You’re Overwhelmed By Stress, Ask for Help From A Health Professional the NIMH elaborate on:

“You should seek help right away if you have suicidal thoughts, are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, or are using drugs or alcohol more frequently as a result of stress. Your doctor may be able to provide a recommendation”.7

Health Topics A-Z

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Links

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Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

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Sources

  1. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 22 October 2020
  2. 5 Things You Should Know About Stress. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml Accessed: 22 October 2020
  3. Stress. Last Updated: 13 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 10 March 2014. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/stress Accessed: 22 October 2020
  4. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 22 October 2020
  5. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 22 October 2020
  6. Coping With Stress: Tips for Self-Care. Page Last Reviewed: 03 September 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html Accessed: 22 October 2020
  7. 5 Things You Should Know About Stress: 5. If You’re Overwhelmed By Stress, Ask for Help From A Health Professional. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml Accessed: 22 October 2020

Topic Last Updated: 24 October 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 22 October 2020
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