Generally speaking, our bodies are capable of responding to a variety of stress-inducers. Depending on the person experiencing the stress and the cause of it, several types of stress exist to test our human design. As a result, stress can come in different forms and may require different approaches when addressing or recognizing it.
Stress brought on by rapid changes in our lives can vary by the severity of the change: divorce; job loss; unable to locate your favorite sweater, etc. A more severe and observable type of stress is known as traumatic stress. Here, a larger-scale event such as war or natural disaster or assault can force us into another state that our bodies intend to use as a coping mechanism. Although there are certainly cases where additional assistance is required in order to overcome them, people tend to recover from these two types of stress eventually.
Routine stress comes from a seemingly continual encounter with stress-inducer(s). Many times, we cannot avoid these encounters as they’re an essential part of our lives: work; school; family; sociopolitical circumstances, etc. In these cases, stress management techniques are invaluable. Taking up a hobby or safe outlet allows us to better accept the things we cannot change and to introduce a helpful balance to our lives. Because we’re able to assess the stress-inducers and conclude that acceptance is the best way forward, we can decidedly move on. We no longer need to allow these inducers to play a role in determining our circumstances. However when we refuse to, or cannot, be objective in our assessments, we’ll begin our bodies’ prolonged trial of enduring harmful stress-related effects over a long period of time. And because we defer to suffering through the symptoms rather than addressing them, our bodies will never receive the all-clear signal it expects in order to begin returning function levels to normalcy.