Effects of Stress, Understanding Stress

Measuring the intensity of stress

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.
Stress for instance, could be a combination of different stressors related to the work place, environment at the home front etc and an individual’s inability to cope with it.
In each of these circumstances, the level of stress experienced would be very different and would also vary from person to person. On a broader prospective, stress can be classified as distress or eustress based on its kind, depth and intensity.

1. Distress
Distress is seen as a negative connotation of stress which is mostly perceived by the body in cases of constant transitionary periods and exposure to environment. The mind has a tendency to adapt to a comfort level and any change or deviation from usual, could result in a feeling of uncomfort pertaining to stress.

Acute stress is a subcategory of distress which is more intense but usually short-lived. It can be triggered by a change of routine and is a mechanism of the body to make a note of the changes around and adapting them in a better way.
As the name suggests, chronic stress is a rather long-term effect and is generally seen to set in after a prolonged and constant change of routine. Being deep rooted; it also demands more attention and requires stringent efforts to cure the symptoms of distress.

Further to categorize distress, it can be of two kinds.

Hypostress and hyperstress.

Hyperstress is a negative presentation of stress that results from overwork or when a person is involved in more than what they body can keep pace with. This could be a labor intensive physical activity or a stressful job. It could be a cause of grave potential danger and is crucial to be dealt with in time.
On the contrary, Hypostress is defined as the situation in which a person has a potential of doing more than his or her current expectations and responsibilities. It might lead to stress in the form of boredom or frustration as the current potential of the individual remains are not utilized which could lead to mental lethargy

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