The Basic Definition Of Stress

Every one of us has experienced some level of stress in our lives. We feel stressed out when we are dealing with situations such as problems in our family or people in the workplace. We also feel stressed when we are experiencing financial difficulties, or sometimes just by being stuck in traffic is enough to create a pile of worry in our minds. These types of situations cause us to experience challenges in our lives that threatens our overall well-being.

Whether you are living with a lot of stress or even just a small amount of fear or worry, it is in your ability to cope with these issues that determines the amount of stress you'll accumulate. Your ability of coping with stress can have a great effect on every aspect of your day to day living. Having the ability to enjoy a healthy mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, all depends on your capacity to relieve stress.

For most of us, it is rather difficult to break away from stress altogether and still have functioning lives. But stress in itself is not a bad feeling at all. In fact, stress is a very natural process to experience. Stress is an inherent response to environmental stimuli that is present in all living creatures.

A wide range of both positive and negative feelings produce stress. When we feel danger or fear, we experience stress. Any situation such as anticipation, worry, or nervousness will produce a level of stress that signals your body to respond. Even positive experiences in our lives can cause a form of stress like having a new baby, getting a new job with great responsibilities, or starting your own business. These are all examples of "positive related" stress.

Your body responds by gathering up all its necessary resources that cause both physical and psychological reactions. The response will depend on the type and amount of that particular challenge or expectation. If the situation is not perceived as a threat or danger, you may experience very little response.

But if a particular challenge or expectation is perceived as dangerous or a threat to both your physical and mental well being, you will experience what is called a high stressed mode. During high stress mode, your adrenaline is pumped, you feel tension in your muscles and your breathing accelerates.

You may feel sick in your stomach and tightening in your chest. Once you deal successfully with the challenge and no longer feel any danger or fear, you begin to calm down and your systems will return to its' normal balance.

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