Browsing Category: Understanding Stress

“Stress”, in itself is not a disease; it’s the reaction and interplay between demands and expectations, and our ability to cope with them. It is not too hard to e stressed out when the stakes are high and we often find ourselves having no control over the situation or how we react. But the only thing that is affected is ourselves and stress just becomes a vehicle, by acting as a coping mechanism that helps the body in dealing with the situation. While some of us might be biologically susceptible to being stressed easily, for others, there could be strong outside factors that may do the trick.
Time and again, researchers have pointed out that some individuals are more prone to the impact of stress than others. One of the first consequences in line are health related problems. Pregnant women, working or single moms, couples who have just separated, children being pushed against demands better performances at school, unemployed or financially strained or underinsured people are a few examples that may constitute this group.

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As kids we have lived our fantasies of having the “best mom” or the “best dad”. While we grew out of it into reality, so will our kids. Its crazy to be standing at the other end, where as parents we now want to be the best of all. One can call it the “supermom syndrome” where one wants to be the do it all mom, who would have an answer to everything. There is no denying that we want what’s best for our kids, but in the process its very easy to get lost in the stresses you get exposed to. At some point, for your own good and for the benefit of your mental peace, its important to realize your limitations and know how good is good for you and your family.

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During the time of pregnancy, you can experience stress because your body undergoes so many different changes. Coupled with this are emotional issues that can also stress you out. If you do not take care to curb stress when you are pregnant, it can affect your baby. It is known that acute stress can lead to stillborn children. Here are a couple of tips on how to cope with pregnancy stress:

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Student or college life in particular is an important part of an individual’s life. There is no doubt that it marks a significant change in the needs, behavior, expectations and environment when a small dependent child goes through the phase of becoming a young adult. And just like any other change, this brings along a tremendous amount of stress, pressure and anxiety among youngsters. While some stress called the Eustress, is good; excess of it can have more than pronounced negative effects, which could be long lasting to say the least.

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It is human tendency to live in the present, enjoying it, rather than spending time to ensure your future i better set. At the start of a semester you always tell yourself how important this is, and how you need to do well to succeed. But more often than not, there are a million things to distract you from doing the serious tasks and you keep procrastinating. You just worry about the present day and your future doesn’t concern you.You have a good time with friends and don’t pay that much attention to classroom lectures or assignments, they are just in your way of having fun.

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Financial stress is not an issue that is concerned with a particular nation or a particular section of the society. It is a matter that keeps puncturing almost everyone’s life no matter how and where they live. Financial stress if understood properly has no relation with the rise and fall of the economy as well. It prevails throughout the year and also the coming years. This is because people feel secure only when they have enough money in hand and this continues to exist since the demand and requirement keeps doubling.

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Christmas – a perfect time to get together with family, feast and celebrate. Some celebrate it as a secular holiday and celebrate their family. Others celebrate the Winter Solstice. Many just see it as a family gathering where you get to see everyone together. Unfortunately, all of this brings a sense of dread to many people. Holiday time is attributed to be one of the leading causes of stress in certain individuals. Don’t let stress ruin your vacation. Here are some suggestions on how to give you holiday and Christmas stress relief.

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We all start dating and though we want love to stay in life forever, but it may not always come true. What when things go wrong-its time to move on. But this move on time or break-up as we call it is very stressful and sometimes life threatening too. It is because it results into a physical loss and means physical removal of someone special from your life. With separations, divorces or break ups you are abandoned purposefully. It is like you have been cast aside and rejected. Even though your loved one is alive somewhere but you know that that love was intentionally withdrawn from you and has opted to leave you.

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Since the good old days, we have been associating holidays to a fun filled time with our nearest and dearest.

For some it may be still the same, but for many, holidays don’t come as a stress buster. Instead they contribute towards their already stressful life. But why have the holidays lost the charm and refreshment? Why do we suddenly have to talk about holiday stress? Why do we suddenly want to run way from something that we want very badly-we crave to have a break from our mundane and monotonous routine but when get holidays we feel stressed. But its not an inborn defect that holidays have but the stress is a bi product of our attitude towards the situation we are in. Do we want to be and remain upset or get over it? We need to look and probe at all the possibilities and not the restrictions.

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Be it a tiny needle or a huge din, stressors are plenty in number and widely spread around you! Anything that makes life uncomfortable or unpleasant contributes to stress. It could even be factors like anticipating the results of a certain game, having to focus your attention on a speaker while you are thinking of a holiday, and so on and so forth. Here, it becomes of prime issue that we understand the effect of various degrees of stress in our lives, and managing them to the best of available resources. Let us venture further into classifying the various causes of stress, and understanding them in a way to overcome them.

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It goes without saying, that today’s world is far more complex than what our forefathers had seen. And what’s coming further, it’s simply going to get more and more taxing. The global economy, economic and social pressures, high cost of living and other luxuries, family pressures and higher expectations and the constant demand of better performances at the workplace are just a few picks from the bag.

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The human body is one of the most sophisticated and well-programmed systems among all living creations. The physical, biological, physiological and the neural networks work in a close and complex harmony for the functioning of the body. This also means that it self regulates itself in an even more complex manner to maintain the balance of life. Each condition or environment or a change goes through a signaling process to provoke response that presents itself as the “body’s response”. Stress is one such condition that triggers multiple physiological changes that it takes as a measure to deal with the condition. For the smooth and efficient functioning of the body machinery, it is important that it adapts and undergoes physiological as well as psychological changes, which express them by means of a “natural response”.

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Stress, often seen to be as a state of mind, is considered to be a noun, indicating a condition of mind in distress. However, as we are beginning to understand it more and more today, stress should be viewed as an act, as a condition we are undergoing, or rather imposing on ourselves. It wont be wrong to classify stress, or being stressed as a verb in its connotation. This is because, it is not an exclusive entity that we may include or exclude, be segregated with in our life or something that can be taken away as an object. Stress is in fact something that one does or is being involved in actively. We are the only ones responsible for it, be it the onset or the recovery from stress, or we may call it, “being stressed”.

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By now, it is very evident that stress has negative aspects on one’s health – be it some sort of physical damage or a psychological damage. The key factor is that these damages are adverse, and are better off if avoided. There are some direct and a few other indirect implications of stress, and as always, all of them are subjective to the situation. Irrespective of the implications, it is better off that they are avoided.

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