Stress, stressor, eustress, distress, good stress and bad stress are all terms to describe the experience we know as stress. Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Stress depends on our personal view of the stressor and can be both a positive and a negative factor in our life. It is our reaction to the events in life, rather than the actual events, which determines whether the outcome is positive or negative. Stress is a demand made upon the body’s capacities. When our capacities for handling stress are good and strong, the outcome will be positive. When we are lack of ability to handle the demands, the outcome will be negative. The five dimensions of health that can result from long-term chronic stress are physical health, intellectual health, emotional health, spiritual health and social health. When the cells, tissues, organs and systems that function together to form our body are in good working order, we experience physical health. Stress can cause illness and disease, and illness and disease can cause stress. Therefore, we must take care of our body to decrease the chance of getting more stress. Intellectual health, which also called mental health, relates to our ability to think and learn from experiences, our ability to access and question new information and our openness to new learning. The first step to prevent and manage stress is to learn about stress. Emotional health relates to feelings. It involves the ability to experience and appreciate feelings, accept limitations, and achieve emotional stability. Spiritual health pertains to the principles and values that guide us and give meaning, direction and purpose to our life. Spiritually-healthy people believe that their life has value and purpose. Social health refers to the ability to interact with others, to develop satisfying interpersonal relationships and to fulfill...
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