Terminology, Understanding Stress

Scientific and conservative definition of stress


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.
Coping up with stress is never an easy task as it involves managing the mental, physical, and emotional as well as the psychological aspects of it. Measuring or defining stress is thus a difficult task and over the years it has still remained an enigma in the research fraternity.

Closest to our understanding, stress remains to be seen as a closely-knit interaction between the body and the environmental factors influencing it. None of us would have an expertise in reacting to all possible demanding situations. As a human, everyone reacts with his environment, which not only involves places like home, work but also the community, country or the globe on a bigger prospective.
One may come across a myriad of situations and opportunities, which could test our dexterity. It is this unique exposure for each identity along with his or her personality that determines what mettle they are made of and how they use it in a situation.

This also determines whether the body can deal with them on ordinary terms, or it may require an auxiliary support system to come to terms with them. The impact could be varied. While one could have a mild mood swing or develop some health problems. At the same time, a similar precursor could fail to have any noticeable impact on another individual. While the response and interplay of the relationship, remains poorly understood, the conventional theory fails to take into account that small amounts of stress may have a positive effect on an individual, which could direct them towards their goals.

The scientific community, therefore views the concept of stress as a condition, rather than a cause or an effect. It is the condition in which a person discerns that the demands of the situation exceed the resources at a personal level. In this interplay of the stress factors, if the body perceives the demands as too much in excess to be able to deal it in an ordinary manner, it presents itself with a pressure response. However, if the demands are not too much in excess, the perception might act as a motivator and trigger a stimuli with enhanced virility. In the former case, the net impact, could appear in a variety of forms such as mental, physical or emotional stress. It could also in turn lead to behavioral and psychological deficiencies.
Though it may seem to be simple and evident, but the fact that makes this jigsaw puzzle further more complicated is that there are no scientific evidences till date to establish a concrete relationship between stress and its symptoms. Stress is magnanimously believed to be associated with overall deterioration of health, but the fact that there are no tests to support that, leaves it to be an assumption that is becoming more and more widely accepted.

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  1. ManagingStressNow

    Use our search options for specific terminology.

    October . 10 . 08

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