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What Is Stress?

What Is Stress?

The Stress Is A Feeling Of Pressure Under Challenging, Difficult, Dangerous, Unfavourable Or Unavoidable Circumstances. These Circumstances Could Actually Be Like This Or Someone May Just Feel Some Circumstances Difficult Or Unfavourable. In Both The Cases There Is Stress. For Example, Students Who Have Studied Hard Throughout The Year May Also Feel Difficulty Before Examination. Our Mind Feels The Stress Under Such Circumstances And send signals to adrenal glands to Release Stress Hormones Namely Adrenaline, Norepinephrine And Cortisol To React Accordingly.

Role Of Hormones During Stress

During Stress our adrenal glands release Three Stress Hormones Namely Adrenaline, Norepinephrine And Cortisol. Adrenaline And Norepinephrine Are The Two Hormones Which Are Responsible For Immediate Reaction Or Arousal During Stress. Adrenaline Is Also Called As ‘’Flight Or Fight’’ Hormone. Mental & Physical Changes Due To Release Of Adrenaline And Norepinephrine During Stress Include Sharpness Of Mind, Quick Actions, Instant Flow Of Energy, Faster Respiratory Rate And Faster Heartbeat. When The Stress Becomes Chronic Then A Hormone Named Cortisol Is Released. The Release Of Cortisol Can Be Beneficial At The Beginning, But Its Regular Production Is Harmful To Almost Every Organ System Of The Body Like Immune System,Nervous System, Digestive System, Cardiovascular System, Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Excretory System,Endocrine And Reproductive System.When The Stress Goes Away Or The Stress Is For The Shorter Period, These Hormones Come Down To Their Normal Level Gradually But The Effect Of Chronic Stress Remains For A Longer Period Of Time And Causes A Major Harm To The Individual

Types Of Stress: Depending Upon The Circumstances Stress May Be

Acute Stress

Which Has Affected The Person In Recent Days Or Suddenly. For Example, Sudden Death of Near and Dear One, Sudden Financial Loss,Breakup, Failing In Interview Or Examination.

Chronic Stress

When The Stress Prolongs For More Than 3-4 Months It Becomes Chronic

Acute On Chronic

This Is Acute Exacerbation Of A Chronic Stress.In Other Words We Can Say Acute Attack Of Stress During Chronic Stress.

Causes Of Stress

Internal Stress Causes

Over Expectations, Over Thinking, Over Ambitious

Sexual Mindedness, Perversions

Suspiciousness, Jealousy

Timidity, Shyness, Low Self - Esteem, Lack Of Confidence, Fear Of Taking Anything New, Inferiority Complex

Negative Thinking, Permission, Phobias

Perfectionism And Fastidiousness

Hysteria, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Maniac Depression

External Stress Causes

There are two types of external causes

Over Expectations, Over Thinking, Over Ambitious

Sexual Mindedness, Perversions

Causes Of Normal Stress

Family Problem

Health (Own Or Near & Dear Ones)

Relationship Difficulties

Financial Matters

Money Or Property Dispute

Matrimonial Dispute

Deception Or Betrayal

Grief, Sorrow, Care, Worries & Anger

Causes Of Abnormal Stress

Family Or Friends

Marriage, Examination, Job Interview, Appointment, Meeting, Conference Or Seminars Etc.

Buying A House Or Property, Car, Jewellery Or Furniture Etc.

Changing School, College Or Job

Facing Anything New

Retirement, Promotion Or Award

Unusual Responsibility

Monetary Gain

Stress Good Or Bad

Stress Is Not Always Bad. To Some Extent, Stress Is Our Friend. It Tells Us About The Danger. It Acts As A Protective Mechanism. It Helps Us To Grow In Life. Stress During Normal Life Situations Like In Exams, Interview, Job Etc. Can Help Us To Perform Well Under Pressure And Motivate To Do Our Best.


Anxiety, Apprehension, Anticipation, Worry, Guilt, Panic Attacks

Frustration, Irritability, Overreaction At Trifles, Anger, Rage, Mania

Loneliness, Sadness, Depression, Weeping, Withdrawal From Society, Suicidal Thought, Forsaken Feeling & Isolation, Neglecting Responsibilities, Using Alcohol, Cigarettes Or Drugs

Lack Of Confidence, Mood Swings, Feeling Of Uselessness, Negative Thinking, Suspiciousness, Brain Fag

Weakness, Easily Fatigue, Nervousness, Hesitation, Fainting Spells, Cold Sweat From Forehead, Sweaty Palm And Sole

Headache, Migraine, Brain Fag, Drowsiness, Vertigo, Memory Problems, Constant Worrying, No Rest In Any Place, Agony

Bruxism, Speech Difficulty, Stammering, Hasty Speech, Trembling Of Hands, Stiffness In Neck & Shoulder, heaviness & Tightness Of Jaw, Jaw-dropping

Stress Eating (Eating More Or Less), Obesity, Flatulence, Nausea, Eructation, Hyper Acidity, Heartburn, Constipation Or Diarrhoea, Piles

Loss of sexual desires, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation

Breathing Problem, Sighing, Chest Pain, Palpitations, Rapid Pulse, Hypochondriasis, Panic Attacks

Acne, Blemishes, Frequent Urination, Loss Of Libido, Premature Ejaculation,

Sleeping Disorders, Insomnia, Unpleasant Dreams. Horrible Dreams

Effects Of Stress On The Body

Stress Is the Cause of More Than 90 % Of the Diseases In us. Slight Itch To Cancer Any Disease Or Disease Condition Could Be Caused Due To Stress. Stress Is Felt In Our Brain, Affects Our Mental Level First Then It Affects Our Physical Level. It affects all the organ systems of our body.

Circulatory:- Arrhythmia, Angina, Myocardial Ischemia Atherosclerosis, Heart Attack Or Heart Failure, Murmurs, Dyslipidaemia, Hyper Or Hypotension, Cardiomegaly, Stroke Respiratory:- Asthma, Bronchitis, Breathlessness, Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, Chronic Lungs Disease

Digestive:- Flatulence, Bloating, Indigestion, Constipation, Gastritis, Peptic Ulcers, Hyperacidity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anorexia, Nausea Vomiting, Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease, Celiac Disease, Gall Stones, Gallbladder Polyps, Haemorrhoids And Piles, fatty liver, Liver Cirrhosis, Chronic liver disease

Excretory :- Urinary Tract Infection, Kidney Stones, Kidney Failure, renal parenchymal disease

Nervous :- Vertigo, Dizziness, Numbness, Tingling, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Psychosis, Parkinson, Peripheral Neuropathy, Brain Stroke, Schizophrenia, Confusion, Seizures

Endocrine :- Hormonal Imbalance, Hypo Or Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes Mellitus, Growth Disorders, Pituitary Tumor, Obesity

Immune:- Autoimmune Disorders, Recurrent Infections, Increased Risk Of Cancer

Integumentary Or Skin:- Acne, Warts, Moles, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Skin Cancer

Skeletal & Muscle:- Cervical Spondylitis, Lumbar Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Arthritis, Myalgia

Reproductive:- In Males- Low Sperm Count, Loss Of Libido, Erectile Dysfunction, Impotency, Infertility Premature Ejaculation, Prostate Enlargement, Seminal Emission. In Females- Acne, Blemishes, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection, PCOD, Infertility, Irregular Menses, Leucorrhoea, Fibroid Uterus, Loss Of Libido, Pre Menstrual Tension, Cervicitis

Stress Management

Avoid Unhealthy Ways To Deal With The Stress Like Smoking, Caffeine, Alcohol, Sedatives, Drugs, Withdrawing From The Society, Involving Too Much Into TV, Mobiles, Gaming Or Gambling. Stress May Be Managed At Physical, Mental & Social Levels Because Health As Defined By World Health Organization Is “A State Of Complete Physical, Mental And Social Well-Being And Not Merely The Absence Of Disease Or Infirmity”.

Physical Level

Physical Activity: Exercise, Gym, Walking, Jogging, Running, Meditation, Yoga And Cycling.

Diet:Take Healthy Nutritious Diet. Avoid Junk Food, Tea, Coffee, Fatty Fried Or Sugary Food.

Sleep:Take Proper Rest.

Social Level

Make Good Friends.

Mingle With People.

Talk To Everyone Who Come Across You.

Don’t Avoid People.

Always Keep Smiling.

Give Compliments.

Mental Level

Happiness Is A Great Remedy.Find Out The Ways To Make You Feel Happy.

Minimize Your Expectations,Minimize Your Ego And Pride.

Give Yourself Time, Go On A Walk Alone Or With Someone You Are Comfortable With.

Introspect Yourself,Try To Find Out The Cause Of Your Stress,Improve Your Ability To Handle The Stress.

Feel That You Are Special,Everyone Needs You.

Avoid Negative Thoughts,Be Hopeful.

Read Good Motivational Books.

Accept your failures in life. Make plans and strategies to convert this failure into success.

Forgiveness is a great remedy.

Free Yourself From Past Memories And Experiences,Don’t Worry About Future,Free Yourself In Present Of Any Attachment And Hatred

Talk To Someone

Don’t guilt over anything

Find the solution of your problems, if you can’t then leave the problem