Stress Management

All About Automatic Stressors


Stress is not a healthy condition. It causes wear and tear of both- the body as well as the mind. Thus, it becomes extremely important to fight stress. One of the most important steps in this direction would be to identify your stress. Though there are various factors that can stress you out, it is automatic stressors that are the most commonplace.

As the name suggests, automatic stressors are the ones that your body automatically reacts to. In fact, many a times you may not even realize the effect of these stressors on your body. You may not even make note of the way your body reacts to these automatic stressors. The body reacts automatically to these stressors in no time at all, giving you no time to realize what your body has gone through.

Some Examples Of Automatic Stressors

* Noise
* Crowded places
* Bad smell
* Somebody's eating habits
* Untidy surroundings

You may just get miffed by seeing an untidy bathroom or get irritated by listening to someone speak at higher volumes. Even though you may not realize that these things stress you out, your body takes the flight or fight response when exposed to these stressors.

Ill effects of automatic stressors
Though automatic stressors may come across as everyday situations that irritate you or put you off; they should not be taken lightly. If not diagnosed and dealt with on time, they can cause extreme damage. They may just change your psychological behavior and your way of dealing with things without even you coming to realize the same.

What can you do about it?

Since automatic stressors stress your body in a flash, it at times becomes difficult to deal with them. However, the good news is that there is something that you can do about them.

The first step to cope with automatic stressors is to identify them. Automatic stressors have a lot to do with the way you feel. So ask yourself things like, "How am I feeling?" In case you are not feeling very good, you may want to ask yourself, "What is it that is making me feel not-so-good?" You need to introspect to be able to find your automatic stressors.

Once you have spotted your automatic stressors, the next thing to do would be to change the way you deal with them. For example, if you get irritated on seeing scattered desk, you need to change your behavior by clearing up the mess. Initially, you may take time changing your attitude towards your stressor. But, once you make it a habit, your automatic stressor will go away on it's own.

Go ahead and manage your automatic stressors before they take over you completely.