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Stress by Mind Map: Stress

1. Treatments

1.1. There are many ways to reduce and help treat stress levels. A good first step would be to create methods that work for them in order to bring down their stress levels. These methods include exercises that usually calm people down in order to reduce their stress and guide them into a proper mind set. Since everyone is different, some people may need to create their own stress exercises that are unique to them. For example, one person may take deep breaths and count to ten, while another person might find a safe and quiet place to calm down. Another good treatment for stress is to stay active. A healthy lifestyle can keep someone feeling good about themselves and also take their mind off of the things that are stressing them out. Even something as simple as getting a good amount of rest and eating well can be a good treatment for stress.

2. what is Stress

2.1. Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When the human body senses danger, stress is its defense system that kicks the body into rapid high gear. This process is called the "fight or flight" reaction, also known as the stress response. When working properly, stress can actually be a good thing in that is has the abilit to help a person stay energetic, focused and alert. When working improperly, stress can cause many problems for someone that can be deadly to a person's health and to their life.

3. Causes

3.1. The situations and pressures that cause stress are called stressors. Stress can also be internal or self-generated when a person worries about something that can be negative or positive such as getting married or commiting a crime. Also, stress is caused by the way you percieve a situation. Something that might cause stress for one person out may not cause stress for everyone. Some external causes of stress are work, school, financial difficulties, relationship problems, being overwhelmed/over-worked, being too busy, and issues with friends or even family. Some internal causes of stress are pessimism, uncertainty, rigid thinking, lack of flexibility, negative self-talk, an "all-or-nothing" attitude and unrealistic expectations.

4. Symptoms

4.1. One of the most dangerous things about stress is how quickly it can creep up on someone. If a person deals with stress for a long period of time, eventually it can start feeling normal without the person even knowing. This is bad because the effects can get increasingly worse until the point where they become life threatening. There are different types of stress symptoms such as emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical. Emotional symptoms include depression, anxiety, irratibility, anger, feeling overwhelmed, moodiness, agitation, etc. Some examples of cognitive symptoms are memory problems, an inability to concentrate, poor judgment, constant worrying, etc. Examples of behavioral symptoms include eating more/less, sleeping too much or too little, using alcohol or drugs to relax, withdrawing yourself from others, etc. Finally, some examples of physical symptoms are aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, rapid heart rate, chest pain, etc.

5. Myths

5.1. I think that there are many untrue myths about stress because many people don't fully understand the effects of stress. There are many common myths about stress, such as the idea that stress comes from your circumstances. Stress actually comes from how you percieve your circumstances, and this is why different people may have different reactions. Another myth is that stress makes you commit suicide. Although in some extreme cases, stress can lead to suicide, in many cases, stress just causes problems for the person suffering from it. It is actually very rare that stress gets to the point of suicide. Finally, it is a myth that stress is a choice. Believe it or not, many people actually think that stress is a mindset that can be easily overcome. In fact, people tend to feel stressed due to how their subconscious reacts to certain situations. People cannot choose what their subconscious believes and therefore, people cannot choose if they get stressed.