Stress is an inevitable part of our lives since it is a physiological response to life. Whereas some stressors can be managed, others, such as the loss of a loved one or of an inability to perform, can be more demanding. When it becomes long-term, it gets very serious because the body will have to cope with various side effects. It even becomes more difficult to cope with stress in adulthood. As an adult, at some point, you will experience quicker heartbeats and heightened senses. This is usually an activity of the body in response to the stress and preparation for a fight-or-flight reaction.
Adults that are older experience longer-term stress because they may be forced to deal with disabilities, chronic illnesses, loss of a loved one, or even the loss of interest in life. While reacting to stressful situations, the body releases stress hormones. These hormones usually stimulate the body and brain in such a way that an older person might find it harder to handle. The first step towards coping with stress as an adult is to recognize what the stress is really all about. Stressing situations such as losses, disability, and others produce symptoms that are not weaknesses. According to the Mayo Clinic, causes of stress can either be external or internal.
External causes are those that one has no control of and are brought about by lifestyle factors. They can be controlled and prevented by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. The other causes of stress are internal factors. They include their own thoughts, anxieties, and beliefs.
Managing the internal stressors requires a more positive mentality, meditation, or seeking professional help through guidance and counseling. When I get really stressed, I usually respond by just going away. Sometimes the nature of my job and other errands take a toll on me, and the only solution to that is to get away from them for a while. This ends up relaxing my mind and gives me a fresh start when I get back.