Stress and body reactions

Stress accompanies us throughout our lives. Our organism's reactions to events and situations in which we are involved or will be involved in our lives (e.g. a wedding, job interview, thesis defence, etc.) are determined by our assessment of the situation. 

Proper assessment of the situation and a timely response to emerging problems prevents the multiplication of unfavourable phenomena, which can then lead to long-term chronic stress. Long-term stress is extremely dangerous for our organism and has a destructive effect on the organs. Long-term (chronic) stress can lead to a range of diseases and exhaustion of the body. 

Counteracting the undesirable reactions taking place in our body (combating stress) prevents many diseases and protects our immune system. Feelings of helplessness, fear of the unknown and internal conflict are the main psychological triggers of chronic stress - ignoring them can lead to serious health problems.

Stress prevention

Good judgement, changing behaviour under stressful conditions and being assertive have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Knowing that we can, "coolly", react to stressful situations strengthens our self-esteem and gives us the confidence to cope in all circumstances. The higher our self-esteem, the less susceptible we are to stress factors and the faster and better we can cope with adversity. 

Taking responsibility for ourselves and acting rationally will prevent us from taking ill-considered decisions and steps, which could subsequently cause us problems and lead to various unpredictable situations and thus to stress. Prudence, honesty and responsibility for people close to us and solving problems on an ongoing basis will keep us mentally and physically balanced and enable us to enjoy life.

Our judgement depends on our ability to respond adequately to stressful situations. These skills can be developed or changed - such an 'adjustment' helps people who cannot cope with difficult situations. People with high self-esteem are better able to cope in crisis situations and stress motivates them to continue. This attitude to life and self-confidence is usually learned from childhood.