What is stress?
Stress can be defined as a state of physical and mental tension caused by certain external or internal factors in a person’s life. Stress is a kind of disease. It is different from other diseases because there is no germ or virus causing it. It is the result of the body-mind interaction. It is thus a psychosomatic problem. “Psyche” means the mind and “soma” means the body. It is a kind of daily imbalance resulting in the daily wear and tear of the body.
Stress is a stimulant which drives us to act. Thus if stress is properly motivated it can be tamed to do us good and used negatively it creates jealousy, hatred, anger, suspicion, nervous tension, fatigue and other maladies. Stress is of 2 types:
- Positive stress- it gives us incentive to work and a desire to do well. Otherwise we would be content with what we have and avoid adversity. Without this humanity would have continued to live in Stone Age.
- Negative stress-
The art of stress management is to keep yourself at a level of stimulation that is healthy and enjoyable. Life without stimulus would be incredibly dull and boring. Life with too much stimulus becomes unpleasant and tiring, and may ultimately damage your health or well-being. Too much stress can seriously interfere with your ability to perform effectively. By analyzing the likely causes of stress, you will be able to plan your responses to likely forms of stress. These might be actions to alleviate the situation or may be stress management techniques that you will use.
Stress could be:
- Emotional / mental stress- caused by our personality as it interacts with the environment everyday.
- Social stress- resulting from our surroundings.
- Digestive stress- caused by poor eating habits.
- Environmental stress- resulting from smog, noise and air / sound pollution
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