The Positive And Negative Effects Of Stress By Richard Knox

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Stress is not only threatening to oneself, but more to the people that care about those who are undergoing stress. In the article “Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress” by Richard Knox, he explains how “according to research by the Eliza Corp. and the Altarum Institute, people caring for sick or disabled family members are nearly twice as likely to suffer from chronic health conditions themselves, and are 63 percent more likely to die, than noncaregivers the same age.” This conveys the idea that people who are taking on more responsibility than they can handle by pressure lead to negative consequences, unfortunately. Stress was once a necessity to one’s survival; however, it can cause negative effects, physical and …show more content…
Stress may seem like a hazardous thing because of the damages it can cause, like diseases or death; however, there are actually two kinds of stress, positive and negative. For example, in an article called “Stress and Anxiety” in the New York Times by A.D.A.M., it states how “In prehistoric times, the physical changes in response to stress were an essential adaptation for meeting natural threats [. . . also] stress response can be an asset for raising levels of performance during critical events, such as a sports activity, an important meeting, or in situations where there is actual danger or a crisis.” This illustrates how stress can be positive because it is essential for human survival as well as human performances in certain situations. Stress can also be caused by daily hassles, life changes, frustration, and conflicts. A negative example of stress is in an article called, “Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress” by Richard Knox, where he explains how a couple just got recently divorced, which was the main source of stress. Stress is a necessity that people deal with in everyday life, but they must learn to try to handle it in better ways for their own …show more content…
In the article, “Chronic Stress: The Hidden Health Risks,” Landau explains how it is very important to not cause so much stress to children because their brains are still developing and it can lead to risk of disease in adulthood. Stress can really have a huge affect on children even though they might not be the ones causing their own stress. The article goes on to say how little things out of our day like money, issues, or a daily freeway commute can lead to the biological system to malfunction because the system was only designed to fight or flea a predator. This leads the system to get out of balance, which leads to unnecessary stress. However, people at any age can reduce the amount of stress they take in as explained in the article called “Stress and Anxiety” in the New York Times. The article gives an example about how “people can enhance their general health and stress resistance by getting regular exercise, [cognitive-behavioral therapy], eating a diet rich in a variety of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and avoiding excessive alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.” These examples are a list of treatments that people can follow step by step in order to reduce their

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