How does stress affect your life?

Written by Vassiliki Simoglou on 11/07/2016. Posted in Articles

How does stress affect your life?

Hectic everyday life, various commitments, lack of time, financial difficulties etc.,… we all have at least one reason to get worried. As an integral part of our day to day life, stress and anxiety can be experienced in various degrees: they can be more or less severe, and in some cases they may hinder our ability to cope with everyday life, affecting our mental state or even our bodies. Mental disorders like panic disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder, but also bodily symptoms such as high blood pressure, excessive sweating, migraine, irregular eating patterns, hair loss, etc., have been associated with stress.


What is stress?

Stress is first and foremost an organism’s physiological reaction to a perceived external or internal threat. It occurs when the pressure accompanying a life situation accumulates or is prolonged and can no longer be addressed. It is caused by external factors or by our own thoughts, and each one of us experiences it in his/her own subjective way. Work, relationships, health issues, major changes in life, loss, bereavement or traumas, are sources of pressure that can be converted to stress and anxiety when they are excessive, entrapping us in situations that seem impossible to overcome. This anxiety, however, may also be beneficial: it makes us more alert and challenges us to discover the limits of our productivity. Stress is therefore a natural response to the difficulties encountered in life and, as such, it is inherent to life itself. A life without stress would be a flat life without creativity. So, rather than lamenting about the stress we feel, we can reflect on what causes it and find ways to overcome it.


What can we do?

  • Identify its source or root cause,
  • Breathe and meditate,
  • Organize our space and work effectively. This creates free time for ourselves, for activities that please us, for those who are important to us,
  • Focus on what is possible here and now, rather than being consumed by memories of the past or fears for the future,
  • Determine realistic priorities and goals for the future,
  • Realize what can be changed in our lives and what cannot. If we accept this fundamental difference, we are able to combat the negative effects of stress and benefit from the dynamics it gives to our life.


If you are experiencing overwhelming stress and you are becoming less and less able to cope with everyday life demands, seek assessment and support by a qualified mental health professional.



Vassiliki Simoglou

Τα κείμενα που δημοσιεύονται στον παρόντα ιστότοπο εκφράζουν τις απόψεις του συντάκτη τους. Κατά το Ν. 2121/1993 και κατά τη Διεθνή Σύμβαση της Βέρνης (που έχει κυρωθεί με το Ν. 100/1975) απαγορεύεται η αναδημοσίευση και γενικά η αναπαραγωγή των κειμένων, με οποιονδήποτε τρόπο, τμηματικά ή περιληπτικά, στο πρωτότυπο ή σε μετάφραση ή άλλη διασκευή, χωρίς γραπτή άδεια του συντάκτη τους. Παραπομπές στα κείμενα θα πρέπει να γίνονται ως ακολούθως: Σίμογλου, Β. Ν., 2011, [Τίτλος κειμένου], προσβάσιμο στις [Ημερομηνία], από [URL].

The Ego is not master in its own house.

S. Freud


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