Browsing Category: Effects of 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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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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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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Stress in itself is seen as a feeling or a reaction of the body that is not very well understood. This therefore makes it even more intriguing to estimate or quantify the intensity of stress in any individual situation. However there is no denying the fact that stress comes very close to be associated as a medical condition and needs to be managed to prevent any serious repercussions. To identify the magnitude of stress, it is crucial to determine the cause and the nature of stress.

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