Cause And Effects Of Stress

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Stress can affect anyone at anytime by any situation. Stress is a function of the body to help it with difficult situations, however too much stress for long periods of time can weaken the body. Long-term stress can diminish life quality and weaken mental and physical health. Certain things can cause stress. But, what exactly causes stress? The definition of stress is: a demand, threat, or other event or other event that requires an individual to cope with a changed …show more content…
Stress can be caused by changing life situations, but why do we need to be stressed? Why does the body get stressed? Stress can be triggered by danger as well as unhappy life situations, (Freedman 1). Stress can be triggered by a speeding car coming towards you, requiring your body to move out of the way of the car. But stress can also be caused by situations such as a divorce, debt, etc. Stress response/fight or flight response, activates the nervous system, adrenaline, & other hormones. When this response is active for an extended period of time your immune system weakens, and an individual experiencing this may feel exhausted and overwhelmed frequently throughout the day, (Rowe 1). As some background information, the “fight or flight” response is a response humans are built with when facing danger. It requires the person’s mind to quickly make a decision of what to do in a dangerous situation. As, an example let’s say a man encounters a lion, he knows that the lion is much stronger so his mind quickly decides to …show more content…
It could be due to the fact that these people don’t know how to relieve or cope with the stress in their life. Which brings up an essential question, how does an individual cope with stress? There are many different ways to cope with stress and not all these strategies may help everyone. Connecting with loved ones has shown to reduce stress. Sports also release stress because stress releases endorphins. Eating healthy also helps, eating more omega-3 fatty acids, which are in fish, nuts, and vitamin B6, which are in bananas, turkey, brown rich, & sweet potatoes, (Rowe2). There is a connection between the foods you eat and how you feel, certain foods can help your mind and body. Healthier eating will help support a healthy mind and body which can go a long way when attempting to manage stress. Physical exercise, competitive mental performances such as chess, and creative acts such as dancing, singing, etc. are highly regarded (Freedman, 1). Expressing positive emotions through actions are also regarded. Alternating physical activity with mental activity and limiting drug use, quit tobacco use all together, share personal feelings, cultivate positive emotions such as, love, hope, faith, confidence, and amusement, inspiration reading, and hobbies are also regarded, (Walker 2). There are also techniques and professional ways to deal with stress. One of these stress relieving techniques

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