We all have many ways to verbally express how stressed we feel, I wont go into the various ways we say it, though it is a lot. But all said and done, it the nature of how we work and how we relax and do things in our free time that matter on what the kind and amount of stress we feel. Even when you are doing nothing and simply bored can lead you to be stressed.
Stress – the underlying problem
It is not untrue when it is said that stress is THE most common cause of illness in today’s World. In fact, a whopping 70% of health issues are found to be due to stress. So, what exactly is this stress, and how to combat it is a question that is raised more often than anything else to the doctors. Just imagine how it would be if each person was stressed and weary! In that case, it becomes quintessential that doctors learn to fight their stress before even trying to understand the cases of the patients’ cases, and psychiatrists learning to calm themselves before counseling their patients, etc. In each case again, the first step probably would be – understanding the best possible way to overcome stress and situations leading to the same. Doctors all over normally employ a 2-point solution illustrated below
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”.
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”.
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.
Productive and effective management of stress includes a set of ideal techniques and methods that enable an individual to cope up with the demands of his or her surroundings. These could be external or internal, physical or emotional, and even psychological triggers. Because stress is a product of a close interaction and balance between one’s ability to acclimate to a susceptible condition, it demands the testing of such skills each of the individuals’ possesses.
“STRESS”, if we have to define it, there can be no true definition that would cover all its varied aspects. As it’s a condition that goes way beyond any single and well described parameter. Stress includes physical, mental, psychological, behavioral, social and above all, certain causes and effects that could go unnoticed for years. We can’t deny a genetic aspect to it as well. If our forefathers were the ones who worried about every little thing out of place or out of time, we are probably born with it too.
A labyrinth of mediators and a complex interaction between multiple players, defines the concept of stress, which has now become a common feature of our everyday lives. Though surprising, it is true that stress also has numerous psychophysiological components of it. Brain or our nervous system are the central organs that determine the true origin and magnitude of stress. For any external stimuli to be perceived as pressure, stress or an unusual situation, the brain has to receive the external stimuli and recognize it as a condition of stress of unusual condition, in order to evoke an appropriate response. The sensory system works in coordination with the motor and neuron functions to provide necessary stimuli which are further processed. These stressors could be of varied origins such as physical, biological, psychological, sociological or philosophical and to be perceived by the brain, they undergo a cognitive processing.
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 – Explored further beyond
In today’s world wherein competition to reach the top is in its most magnified form, it is not very surprising that people of all ages are subjected to some form of stress at some point of time or the other. While a high school student might be stressed out with having to cope up with too many assignments, a business executive might be facing stressful situations while having to meet deadlines with presentations and so on. It therefore becomes evident that there are many types of stress related conditions and therefore, an equal number of stress management methods. All these methods are completely subjective to the types of situations that come across.
Regardless of how we may perceive it, “Stress” is an inevitable part of our lives. It is a necessary evil, which can be both, good or bad depending upon how we resolve past it in the end. While a slight stir up might keep us on track, a superfluous magnitude of stress exposure can result in complete and multi-step failure of the body’s machinery.
Let’s face it; every person faces the problem of stress at some point of time or the other. It is inevitable and normal. Yet, inevitable does in no way mean that it is healthy, or it is something that can blindly be ruled out. No amount of stress is anything close to being healthy. It is indeed an understatement when said that much research has been conducted into stress over the years that man and his dearth for knowledge have expanded. Through all the research, there have also been various theories that have been laid off, and there are a few other theories that are being researched and debated about till date. The remaining ones, of course are the ones that are settled, accepted and implemented.