A Basic Introduction to
Using technical terms, stress is a
disruption of homeostasis, triggered by either real or
perceived physical or psychological stimuli. Or more simply
put, an thought or action which disrupts the normal
Stress is a term that can be used, often to describe
many feelings, or emotions. Anxiety, depression, distress,
fear, and exhaustion are just some of these and are all
feelings and reactions which can be
described as stress. Stress is something that happens all
the time, and affects every person, one way or another, at
least some of the time.
Stress can be a good thing, in the right
setting. It can be an excellant source of motivation to
help get something done, or help someone to react quicker to a
potentially dangerous situation.
The body reaction to stress is to release
more of the hormones cortisol and epinephrine. This helps
stimulate the sympathetic nervous response, or what
is commonly referred to as the flight or fight response.
In some instances this can be very useful, however,
if prolonged for too long or occurring too often, it
can produce negative effects on the body.
Stress that enhances physical or mental function, such as a
challenging assignment that you need to complete, winning a
race, or upcoming family events such as holidays or a major
life event that is positive is referred to as eustress. This is
helpful and often proves to be a rewarding stress. On the
other hand, stress caused by adverse events, or negative
feelings of suffering, or feeling like you are in harms way, or
under the threat of being harmed, is referred to
as, distress. Both positive and negative stressors can
lead to stress. These stressors can be either physical, or
Today's Stress Cure Fact
Post Traumatic Stress SyndromeStress Management Ways to manage stress are as numerous and varied as the causes and manifestations of stress. Stress may be the single most contributing factor to poor overall health and is at least one of the causes of many diseases and chronic illnesses. In order to utilize stress management techniques effectively it is imperative to have some understanding of stress. Most notably one must realize that stress is for the most part self-generated and in order to manage or control it, one must be willing to change. Discover what it is that you are doing to contribute to the problem and change it. In fact the realization that you have choices when it comes to stress and stress management gives a sense of authority and is useful in fulfilling the changes necessary to get stress under control. The changes that need to be made fall into four separate categories, behavior, thinking, lifestyle choice, and situation. stress techniques
They themselves may not be the exact cause of your stress,
as stress is more of a personal interpretation, due
to adaptating to situations from past personal
experiences, along with the difference between what one might
accept, and what is expected. We all have
preconceived ideas about how things are supposed to be,
and any variance from these, can cause stress.
Many people will often internalize events that occur even if
they are not personally affected. There are many factors which
can contribute to stress.
Some of these contributors to stress, or stressors, range
from environmental factors, like noise and light,
to global events like war and natural disasters.
Relationship troubles, work and school problems, along with
lifestyle choices can all lead to stress.
Stress affects behavior, the mind and body in many different
ways, and it is different for each person. There are basic
symptoms of stress, but these symtoms will vary from
person to person, in how they are observed and/or recognized.
No matter who you are, to much stress can cause you harm both
emotionally, and physically.