Stress is something that everyone experiences occasionally. The human body is designed in a way that allows it to deal with stress and to resist to it. However, too much stress that lasts for too long eventually leads to breakdown of many functions in the body, causing malfunctions and problems. Erectile dysfunction is one of them.
In fact, stress is one of the main non-physiological causes or erectile dysfunction. In order to overcome problems with erection, it is necessary to address the problem of stress in life.
What is stress?
Stress is a reaction to any change that requires adaptation or response. Since stress comes from the way a person reacts to an event, rather that from the event itself, it can be managed and controlled so that its effects are minimal or at least tolerable.
Stress can come from good things too. Anything that requires physical, emotional and mental response can count as stress. Stressors vary from person to person. What is stressful for one person may not be so hard on the other. The common situations and circumstances that cause stress in most people include death of a family member, partner or friend, divorce, marriage, new job, losing the job, deadlines, confrontations in the workplace or at home, legal problems, financial issues, birth of a child, retirement, illnesses and many more.
Problems caused by stress, such as erectile dysfunction, can be prevented by recognizing the first signs of stress and controlling them.
Signs of stress
Emotional warning signs of stress may include inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, anger, sadness, irritability and frequent mood swings.
Physiological signs of stress usually involve bad posture, especially stooped, sweaty palms, headache, fatigue, weight loss or weight gain, loss of appetite, food cravings, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, constipation or diarrhea, insomnia and heart palpitations.
A person exposed to stress will most likely be prone to overeating, using drugs or drinking too much alcohol, acting on an impulse and withdrawing from relationships.
What to do?
If stress is causing erectile dysfunction, the main thing to do is to find a way to deal with stress and to overcome it. This may not be easy and it may require some effort, but it is certainly not impossible. People deal with stress every day in different ways that work for them.
Some of the things that may help include taking responsibility for different situations, talking to others about problems, lowering the expectations, expressing emotions, learning different relaxation techniques, asking for help from a counselor or a therapist, eating healthy, exercising, quitting all bad and unhealthy habits, spending time with loved ones and becoming more assertive.