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KT Gray Psychology 228 March 2 2000 Stress What is stress Basically it is anything that changes us either for good or bad Traditionally stress is considered to be a negative thing something that can either physically or mentally unbalance us In order to deal with stress we have to be able to identify how it affects us and then find ways to cope with it Many different things can cause stress from your job your home and even your surroundings It is often about increased responsibilities having too many changes going on and even with how you are feeling emotionally The more stress that comes into your life the bigger the effect it will be on you Perhaps the most misunderstood part about stress is its symptoms Too often people have numerous symptoms but they are unaware that these have anything to do with stress The general signs that someone is experiencing stress include trouble concentrating or sleeping irritability being easily upset or crying using alcohol or drugs lack of energy or fatigue and numerous physical complaints Many of these symptoms cause the body to react in certain ways such as increasing the pulse and blood pressure being tense or nervous and even raising cholesterol levels But once you deal with the stress and find a way to either reduce or get rid of it your body will return to normal There are many ways that people can manage their stress and numerous books and authorities will give differing views of coping The most common are meditation exercise nutritional balancing confiding in others getting your priorities straight and of course seeking professional help Meditation is probably one of the most effective ways to reduce stress but too often it is debunked as being a waste of time However if one is truly serious about reducing the stress in their life it might be beneficial to explore this avenue Depending
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