Stress and what you can do about it:
These days, we’re all busy. The pressures of working, raising a family, keeping up with the neighbours and dealing with an increasingly complex environment all contribute to stress levels.
Over tens of thousands of years, humans evolved a fight or flight response to threats for survival. Nowadays, we’re less likely to face a predator wanting to eat us than our ancestors, but we still retain the fight or flight response.
The fight or flight response evolved to deal with short term threats, such as coming face to face with a hungry bear. You either get eaten or get away and the threat is over. But in today’s world, stressful situations are often not so short lived. We worry about exams for months beforehand. We stress about projects at work and we live in a world increasingly driven by targets and deadlines.
Add in the 100s of emails most of us get in a typical week and you can see how the stresses that humans face now is very different from the ones we evolved to cope with. Long term stress is bad for your health because it can affect you physically and mentally.
So what can be done about it? Well, the first thing is to recognise the signs and symptoms, then do what you can to reduce or remove the stress. The NHS have an excellent article on this subject and you can take a stress test to see how affected by stress you may be. You can find the NHS Article here.
Don’t let stress spoil your life or damage your health. Read the NHS Article and take action to de-stress your life!
Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.