What Is Stress?

  • Bookmark this on Hatena Bookmark
  • Hatena Bookmark - What Is Stress?
  • Share on Facebook
  • Post to Google Buzz
  • Bookmark this on Yahoo Bookmark
  • Bookmark this on Livedoor Clip
  • Share on FriendFeed

Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and a variety of physical symptoms that include headache and a fast heartbeat.

It’s almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn’t want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.

Examples of “overload” situations are common in today’s world:

  • You and your spouse both work full time while you are raising your family. At the same time, your parents are retired, in ill health, and are dependent on your help with shopping and running errands. 
  • You are a single person living alone, and your salary isn’t rising as fast as the rate of inflation. It’s getting harder each month to pay the bills. 
  • You are a divorced parent and share the custody of your children with your former spouse. But the friction between the two of you on matters concerning the children is becoming more bitter and more frequent. 
  • The expectations and competition at your workplace is becoming fierce. You find yourself coming in early, staying late, and taking on more work than you can handle. 

 

Managing stress involves learning about:

  • How stress affects the mind and body 
  • How to identify the warning signs of stress 
  • How to develop good stress-management techniques 
  • When to seek professional help