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August 6, 2009
What is stress?
Stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our personal balance in some way. We can also define Stress as any change in your normal routine or health. Stress occurs when bad things happen, as well happy things. Getting a raise or promotion is stress, just as getting fired from your job is stress.
Cause for Stress:
The potential causes of stress are numerous and highly individual. What you consider stressful depends on many factors, including your personality, general outlook on life, problem-solving abilities, and social support system. Something that’s stressful to you may not faze someone else, or they may even enjoy it. For example, your morning commute may make you anxious and tense because you worry that traffic will make you late. Others, however, may find the trip relaxing because they allow more than enough time and enjoy listening to music while they drive.
How does stress affect your health?
  • Depression. Stress can be a big factor in depression. Even depression can be reduced with modern drugs, it’s much better to get to the root cause of the stress that is leading to it.
  • Excessive stress can lead to ulcers developing. These can be amongst the first signs that we are too stressed.
  • Hair loss can be a sign of too much stress. People can quite literally “pull their hair out” if they are subjected to excessive stress.
  • When our body is stressed, our immune system is stretched. Diseases such as diabetes can manifest when our body is subject to too much stress.
  • When we are stressed, we can display anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Sometimes those closest to us will notice these problems before we do. Reducing your stress levels will oftentimes help reduce these disorders.
  • Too much anger can be a sign of stress
  • Obesity can be caused by stress. Comfort eating is often used to help reduce stress. That tasty looking chocolate cake can quite likely reduce your stress in the short term but could lead to obesity if you resort to comfort eating to reduce your stress too often.
  • Too much stress over too long a period can even lead to heart disease or a heart attack. Whilst this is an extreme example of how stress affects your health, you should make certain that you address your stress levels to minimize the likelihood of your heart having to tell you that you are too stressed.
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