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Tension/Stress: The Peace Termite

If you want to know all about tension or stress, you are in the right place. You must have heard that “It’s not the stress that kills us but the thought of it does”.

Tension, an unfortunate and unavoidable part of everyone’s life in today’s world that slowly and steadily kills the insight of our soul. In our ever tedious and preoccupied lives where we seem to be chasing our goals, deadlines and much more, feeling stressed is fairly common. This invisible malady is the most dangerous of all the ailments which are basically related to the mental health and psychology of a person. It is the feeling of emotional as well as physical anxiety. It is the reaction of our body towards severe challenge, demand or threat and many more things.

It can occur due to sense of danger, be it real or imaginary and it is the way of our body’s way of protecting us. Many of us ignore our mental health which may result in severe mental illness. Ignoring early signs can be dangerous to our health therefore one must not ignore such signs and symptoms. 

Let’s take a step towards good mental health and a better world….

Types of Stress:

Acute Stress

A most severe form of stress which basically demands immediate reaction towards a challenge or demand. It may be both positive and negative. For example: on a roller coaster ride the tension is positive as we enjoy that feeling whereas the tension experienced as the victim of any crime or a life-threatening event is the negative one and it can cause many health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms of acute stress usually develop quickly and do not last long.

Symptoms of acute stress:

  • Heart pounding
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty in breathing

Episodic Acute Stress

When acute stress occurs more frequently then it is called episodic acute stress. Especially the short-tempered people suffer from this type of stress. People who are suffering from this have a negative perspective towards everything and are mostly worried over little things. Such people accept tension as a part of their life and do not consider it as a disorder. Such people may not be able to alter their lifestyle to a positive one. They may seem to always get late, rushing somewhere and always disoriented. In these cases, hostility and anger frequently occur.


  • Panic attack
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Heartburn
  • Muscular pain
  • Rapid heartbeat

Chronic stress

If the acute stress prolongs for a longer period of time then it is called chronic stress. It is difficult to handle as getting away from it is very difficult. May result from financial troubles, unhappy relationships, bad job or dysfunctional family. It can also occur due to prolonged exposure of stress hormones since the level of these hormones increases up to a very high level which is dangerous. It is very harmful to one’s mental and physical health and can lead to many chronic diseases such as heart ailments and brain-related stuff such as depression.


  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Digestive problems
  • Extreme irritability
  • Appetite changes
  • Difficulty in concentration

Physical Stress

It occurs due to an injury, trauma, infection or any kind of surgery, intense physical work, fatigue, inadequate oxygen supply to the body, hormonal imbalance, dehydration and substance abuse. It is not as severe as other tension.


  • Diarrhea
  • Aches or pain
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of sex drive

Psychological stress 

Emotional stress due to fear of losing someone, sadness, relationship issues, peer pressure, cognitive tension due to jealousy, self-criticism and grief are included under this. Basically, it involves the emotional reaction of a person in any situation.


  • Depression or anxiety
  • Anger 
  • Irritability
  • Not being able to sleeping
  • Constant thoughts

Psychosocial stress

It is the stress which occurs all way due to relationship and marriage issues. The relationship can be of any type like Father- Daughter, Husband-Wife, Brother-Sister, Boss- employee. Many people who get involved too much into social media can face this kind of stress as their life gets dependent on the views and likes of random people.


  • Mood Swings
  • Feeling lonely despite of being with friends and family
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Making Bad decisions
  • Disruption of the sleep wake cycle

Ways to overcome stress

  1. Keeping a positive attitude towards the various situations that occur in our lives can help us to overcome stress.
  2. Being assertive rather than aggressive can help a lot
  3. Healthy eating
  4. Regular exercise
  5. Yoga and Meditation
  6. Getting enough rest and sleep
  7. Staying away from alcohols and drugs
  8. Indulge yourself in any kind of hobby
  9. Spending time with loved ones
  10. Reading books


This silent killer and make our life miserable if not managed properly as in case of termite. Practising ways to manage stress should be one’s priority before everything else. Stress can affect our life but together we can overcome this and make our lives beautiful. If you feel it is getting severe then always consult a doctor.

During this global pandemic when everyone is at home, there is an increase in such cases of stress and anxiety. So this is the article that can help you in understanding and overcoming stress. Our main aim is to help people who are in need and reach out to those who can’t reach out to us or someone else.


Q1. What is stress?

Ans: Stress is the response of our body in case of any pressure situation. For example, the pressure which u feel before an exam or an interview.

Q2. What are the medicines to reduce stress?

Ans: Various Anti-depressants are used to treat stress and related issues.

Q3. I prepared so well for the interview, but still, I got nervous during the interview. Comment.

Ans: It happens with most of us. Best way to overcome such phase is that we should meditate before the interview, drink lots of water, try to stay calm, try and divert your mind.

Also Read:

Sign that you don’t have faith in yourself

How to stop negative thinking

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