What creates stress

How stress develops (1/4)

In the event of danger, our head reacts very quickly. We analyze the requirements of the situation and assess them based on our previous experience. Have we coped well with similar challenges so far? Then we will perceive the current situation as less of a burden. We get stressed when we cannot cope with the strain - or believe that we cannot. Just the feeling "I can't do it" is enough. Then, for example, blood pressure and muscle tension rise, the heart beats faster and we breathe more heavily. The digestion, on the other hand, is reduced.

Understand the consequences of stress quickly

Take a look at the consequences of stress in the stress body map from our TK health coach.

Stress due to excessive and insufficient demands

Stress is generally understood to mean the negative consequences of excessive demands. However, thoughts, feelings and behaviors that trigger stress can also arise through permanent underload. In between is the area in which people feel comfortable with the challenges that are presented to them. In this area we are maximally efficient and feel active and balanced.

Same reaction, different triggers

One of them gets in a sweat when he's supposed to give a speech in front of 50 people. The other snorts with anger when he's stuck in a traffic jam and just can't get away. The third panics because he realizes that he cannot do his job on time. Many situations can trigger stress and thus become a "stressor".

Some stressors are very stressful for almost everyone. For example, an accident, the death of a close relative, fear of losing your job, unemployment, conflict in the family or a serious illness. Usually, however, it is the little annoyances and stresses of everyday life that put us under stress.

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Escape or attack

The physical reaction to stress is always the same: when we are in danger, our body gathers all strength and supplies us with energy so that we can fight or run away. In the earlier years of human history, that was also very practical. This was the only way we could escape wild animals and other dangers.

Today the stress response still works like this. Except that in everyday situations that we find stressful, we can usually neither flee nor fight. Often we don't even need the energies provided. Then they can turn against their own body. If you are only under stress for a short time, the energies break down again quickly. In contrast, a permanent alarm in the body can cause serious damage to health, for example:

  • High blood pressure,
  • Indigestion,
  • an increased risk of a heart attack,
  • Tension headache,
  • more infections,
  • Depressions,
  • Migraine,
  • Menstrual cycle and sexual disorders.

Constant stress makes you sick

Constant stress is a risk factor for a variety of diseases. There has been scientific evidence of this for decades. In 2012, a Scottish research group was able to use long-term studies on more than 68,200 people to prove that even mild stress-related symptoms significantly increase the likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease or from accidents, poisoning and similar causes. Severe stress-related symptoms also increased the risk of dying from cancer.