What Is Stress? Identifying the Causes, Effects, and Dealing with Them.

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What is stress? Identifying the causes, effects, and dealing with them. Stress is present in everybody. It occurs daily in people’s lives. “Who’s not stressed? That’s just life. Life is stress,” says Kathleen Hall, founder of the Stress Institute in Atlanta (Jayson, 2012). Stress is a body condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life (Rice, 1987). “The most current definitions state that stress is the mental and physical response and adaptation by our bodies to the real or perceived changes and challenges in our lives” (Donatelle, Rebecca 73) . There are many causes of stress and many different ways to handle stress. Most of our stress results from work and trickles down into our lives and cost us a lot to get our live back on track; the most common way of dealing with stress is by exercising.

What is stress? Identifying the Causes, Effects and Dealing with them. Stress is present in everybody. It occurs daily in people’s lives. “Who’s not stressed? That’s just life. Life is stress,” says Kathleen Hall, founder of the Stress Institute in Atlanta (Jayson). Stress is a body condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life (Rice, 1987). “The most current definitions state that stress is the mental and physical response and adaptation by our bodies to the real or perceived changes and challenges in our lives” (Donatelle, Rebecca 73) . There are many causes of stress and many different ways to handle stress. Most of our stress results from work and trickles down into our lives and cost us a lot to get our live back on track; the most common way of dealing with stress is by exercising. Stress can also be harmful to one’s health, both physically and mentally. Stress is the combination of psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions that people have in response to events that threaten or challenge them. Stress can be good or bad. There are two main types of stress, which are distress and eustress. “Unfortunately, stress and distress are used all too often as though they are interchangeable terms. Perhaps this is because the commonsense view of stress is weighted to the negative side. In fact, Selye introduced the terms distress and eustress in order to avoid this dilemma (Rice 18). Distress is the bad stress. It is much the same as a state of anxiety, fear, worry, or agitation. Distress is a negative, painful experience and is something to avoid. On the other hand, there is a good stress, eustress. Eustress is pleasurable and satisfying experiences that people encounter. “Participation in a wedding ceremony, anticipation of competing in a major sports event, or performing in a theatrical production are examples of eustress” (Rice). Eustress can heighten awareness, increase mental alertness, and can sometimes lead to superior cognitive and behavioral performances (Rice). Selye once said, “Complete freedom from stress is death.” There are two factors present in stress, which are external and internal. Stressors are present in external stress, and are the situations or events that cause stress as an external stimulus. For example, stressors may be linked to too much work, too little money, too many creditors, the arrival of a baby, or the excitement of a new job (Rice). The factor in internal stress is the emotional part of stress which occurs inside the body. Internal stress is usually the psychological part of stress. “Emotional reactions are likely to be more volatile, marked by increased irritability, explosiveness, and displacement and displacement of anger and frustration” (Rice 20). When someone talks about suicide or breaking down, these are signs of the _____?? In defensive armor, reflections of the strain that they accumulate while enduring stress. The term strain is best used to refer to the effect of that pressure within the person whereas the term stressor is best used to describe the forces bearing on a person. (Rice)....
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