Stress has a very unpleasant connotation to many people. However, many psychologists actually believe otherwise.
In fact, they even think that stress can also bring about positive effects. They believe this because they think
that stress is greatly influenced by how a person evaluates his mental and physical condition.
To help you understand the point more clearly, here is an example.
There are two individuals -- one is an experienced and awarded Olympic skier and the other is a senior college
student. The former has to compete again while the latter has to take a final exam. Both of them will experience
rapid heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, increased metabolism function, active sweat glands and many others. These
are physiological manifestations of stress.
The psychological manifestations would be their focus will be much more concentrated in the present to the point
that it is hard for them to respond to even the easiest questions without being irritable. Although, they both feel
the same stress, there is still a big difference psychologically.
The skier feels ecstatic. He is ready for the challenge knowing that he can successfully do it. He is
enthusiastic to demonstrate his expertise and he is very optimistic that he can win the competition. On the other
hand, the senior student who is about to take his final exam feels hesitant, insecure of his capability and
Both of them are undeniably stressed. The difference between the two of them is that since the skier has gained
so many experiences in the same event, he has also gained confidence. He knows and he believes in his competence in
that field, while the senior college student has no idea what will come out in the tests.
The skiers positive thoughts are grounded with experience. He is ready to take the challenge because he has done
this before. He sees the situation as something he himself decided to do based on his capability. The student, on
the other hand, knows that he is not adequately prepared. This knowledge causes him to believe that he is likely to
fail the tests and might need a retake.
Both individuals are unsure of what will be the outcome. However, they both have a different way of evaluating
the chances of victory. Similarly, they also have different assessment of the possibility of failing.
After the competition, the skier might only win the silver medal award. This could already be disappointing for
him. However, in the Olympics, silver medalists have big chances for endorsements and a good future. The young
student, however, after failing the test will see his chances of getting into a graduate school shrink. In fact, he
might even have to retake the class before he can even graduate.
This illustration only shows that stress is influenced by how you evaluate your external and internal
In conclusion, stress can mean two things. First, it is what we feel when we are about to face a challenge. We
shiver, our heart beats faster and it is almost difficult to breathe. The second is, it affects us not only
physiology but psychologically, as well. There is a combination between physiological and psychological
The first definition is the kind of stress we usually experience everyday. The second definition, on the other
hand, can lead to more serious health problems.
Causes and Effects of Stress Articles
What is the Main Cause of Stress
There are so many stressors to mention that it becomes very difficult to pinpoint the main cause especially when
those causes differ from one person to the next
How Stress Affects the Body
The most common effects of stress based on various studies are rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, increase in
blood sugar levels and problems in digestion
Effects of Stress on Health
Among the more obvious effects of stress are headaches, severe muscle tension, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure
and intermittent digestion. Chronic stress, on the other hand, is believed to have more serious and long-term
effects on health
Biggest Causes of Stress
Understanding the causes of stress in our lives can be very difficult to get to the bottom of since those causes
could be health, love or work related
Stress and Alcohol Effects
Many alcohol drinkers blame stress for dragging them into drinking believing that it is the problem that turned
them into alcoholics although that is not always the case
Relationship Between Stress and Diet
Because stress suppresses appetite, it is important to avoid thinking of sad things during meals and try to
concentrate on the positive things in your life as far as possible
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Since holiday stress is similar to everyday stress, the same treatment for everyday stress can be used to relieve
holiday season stress as well
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Stress caused by financial concerns is no different from any other stress but being concerned about a particular
problem is way different from being stressed because of it
Effects of Parenting Stress
Parenting is one of the few things that directly causes chronic stress although this should not be the case since
raising a child requires more patience than any other activity
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It is a myth that stress is only for adults since teenagers also experience stress, with one of the chief teenage
stressors being found at home in the form of their parents
Stress and Relationship Problems
Easing the effects of relationship stress can be minimized using different techniques including constant and open
communication, objective evaluation of problems and strong values and belief in oneself
Technology Stress Management
Advancements in technology means more pressure, higher expectations that deadlines will be strictly met and bad
news coming to us sooner than we expect
Effective Stress Management Strategies
Learning some stress management strategies is a great way to stay calm and handle hectic days in the most healthy
way. Healthy stress management includes eating a proper diet and exercise
Tips for Relieving Stress
Simple and old fashioned activities such as walking in the park can be very helpful in relieving the physical
symptoms of stress since moderate exercise, fresh air and sunshine can all be really relaxing
Vitamins to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Since there is a direct connection between stress and nutrition, ensuring that you are getting sufficient
nutrients, minerals and vitamins to reduce stress can make a big difference to anxiety levels