“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. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—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 do to manage stress better”.

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 Help

Are there online stress treatment programs?

DoYC (Depending on Your Country) there may be. Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online stress treatment programs.

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

  • “Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
  • 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

Where may I find Health Topics related to Stress?

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Links

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Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted above?

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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 December 2019
  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 December 2019
  3. Stress. Last Updated 30 January 2018 — Last Reviewed 10 March 2014. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/mental-emotional-health/stress Accessed: 22 December 2019
  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 December 2019
  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 December 2019
  6. Coping With Stress: Tips for Self-Care. Page Last Reviewed: 10 December 2018. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/copingwith-stresstips.html Accessed: 22 December 2019
  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 December 2019
Topic Last Updated: 05 February 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 22 December 2019
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