I agree with statement “stress is in the eyes of the beholder”. Stress is an upset in the body’s balance, in reaction to an adverse or disturbing event. Hans Selye, a pioneer in stress research, defines stress as the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it. Stress comes about not from an event, such as failing an exam or winning the lottery, but from how we respond to it. Stress is found everywhere, in all aspects of life. It is inevitable and unavoidable. The sources of stress vary from person to person. Stress can be derived from external factors such as traffic jams or an ineffective or inefficient work environment. Stress also stems from internal factors such as our emotional state, our perspective on life or the way we choose to respond to various situations or demands.
Types of Stress
There are two types of stress; “good” and “bad”. Good stress, or eustress is positive, presents opportunity for personal growth or satisfation and pushes people to higher performance. Bad stress, or distress is negative and results in debilitating effects. Suprisingly, too little stress can be as detrimental as too much stress.
Responses to Stress
Stress, which can be found in all aspects of life, is subjective and not all individuals respond in the same way to the same stressor. Everyone has a unique level of stress tolerance. One person might be elated upon being promoted, while another might be traumatized at the prospect. We might find it impossible to work while children play noisily in the street, whereas our neighbour finds his concentration is actually improved by this external noise. Regardless of level of tolerance, it is important to realize that negative stress can do harm and may manifest itself in physiological, phychological and social disorders. As mentioned earlier, among the physical disorders to which stress can contribute are high blood pressure, migrane headaches, heartburn, frequent illness, insomnia, persistent fatigue and binge eating and drinking. Stress can also manifest itself in psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, anger, feelings of loneliness and inadequacy, chemical dependencies and abuse and lack of concentration. If the negative stress in your life outpaces your coping skills in stress reduction and weakens your resilience, you should not hesitate to seek professional assistance.
A variety of remedies or techniques is available for different types of stress. Psychological problems are much better understood today than in the recent past. Various drugs and other therapies are available for treating a wide variety of problems. Psychological problems are best dealt with by consulting a professional such as a counselor or therapist. These professionals can help individuals suffering psychological effects of stress by helping them understand these situations and manage their response to them more effectively.
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