Feel better by managing stress Feel better by managing stress

Physical wellbeing is linked to mental health, and together they are essential for personal balance. Pay attention to your concerns.

David A. Quebradas A., Psychologist

It is normal to feel sad in situations of loss, anxious before an exam or job interview, and stressed by work issues or a changing environment. These feelings and stress are the body’s tools to prepare for difficult and uncertain circumstances. That is why it is important to pay attention to them in order to ensure your wellbeing. With this in mind, Coomeva Private Healthcare promotes mental health based on self-care and the support of a wide network of specialists.

With regards to stress, it is normal to associate it with your bosses, children, partner, or other family members. However, even though they may be the stimulus that triggers it, this does not mean that they are actually the trigger. It is important to clarify that “stress in itself is not a bad thing. It is a reaction that sets the body in motion in an emergency. A survival mechanism that, when used at the right time with the right intensity, causes no harm. It can actually save our life and can even help us improve our learning,” states psychologist David Quebradas.

So then, why does it have such a bad reputation? There are different factors that provoke this response: external and immediate, which could be an angry superior, or internal, for example ideas and thoughts we have when remembering a stressful event, or that are activated when imagining it in the future. “Remembering things repeatedly, making it worse than what it was, or inventing a catastrophic scenario is typical of human beings. And we do it in such an eloquent way that the mechanism is activated, at the wrong time and intensity, which negatively affects quality of life,” says the specialist.

The body’s response

Perhaps you are clear about what happens to your mind when you get stressed, but what happens to your body? Increased noradrenaline and adrenaline reach the muscles, heart, bronchi, and other areas to ensure an adaptive response. Cortisol, which also increases, contributes to the body’s repair and recovery, and helps save information about what happened so you do not forget. Although it is an adaptive device for facing challenges and everyday situations, stress varies depending on each stimulus and individual differences. The psychologist states that “chemical substances are not discharged in the same quantities in all people, and not everyone is stressed by the same situations. Also, neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s may cause it to be triggered unnecessarily.”

When it is chronic

Ultimately, stress is an inconvenience if it affects a person’s wellbeing and when it evolves into an anxiety disorder, for example. Psychologist David Quebradas explains that there are two types: “acute, which triggers intense unrest after a stressful event. But when our body’s response continues causing problems with attention, memory, difficulty making decisions, fatigue, irritability, or catastrophic thoughts, which affects functionality, it can become chronic stress, which requires professional help.”

Therefore, it is critical to address those signs that indicate a shift from a common situation to something that causes much more unrest and requires support, in addition to analyzing how to manage it. This will allow you to protect your mental health and feel good.•

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Tips for a healthy mind

In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, psychologist David Quebradas recommends:

  1. Sleep hygiene. Rest is essential for strengthening learning processes.
  1. Balanced diet. Give your body and brain the energy it needs to perform your daily activities.
  1. Exercise routine. To prevent illnesses and look and feel good.
  1. Cognitive training. Exercises to improve attention, memory, language, thoughts, and other cognitive processes.
  1. Support network. Family, your significant other, and friends who provide trust, security, and affection to cultivate your mind and emotions in a healthy way.
  1. Professional support. Remember that at Coomeva Private Healthcare, you have a support line and guidance for issues related to psychology, general medicine, nutrition, and nursing.