What is Stress
Whilst many people have a good day sometimes, everybody is familiar with the sensation of stress. Being stressed is almost so synonymous with modern living, we take it as a normal part of life. This needn’t be so because excess stress is always an undesirable, and almost always avoidable consequence of modern living.
The Four Stress Zones of Life
There are only 4 main areas and these are dealt with from another perspective here.
To recapitulate, they are:
Manifetastions of the Stress Zones
The Causes and Effects of Stress
With all the advances in modern medicine, most of the ailments that have plagued mankind are still with us, only now they come accompanying stress.
The immediate feeling of mental strain and invisible shoulder-weights almost always leads to body manifestations. We are no stranger to that sense of being overwhelmed, anxious, irritable, withdrawn and lackadaisical, these are so familiar. But they have real, (almost tangible) accompaniments –which are also well-documented, such as depression, panic attacks, exhaustion, high blood pressure, skin eruptions or rashes, insomnia, low libido, migraine, gastrointestinal difficulties (reflux disease, ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract, cancers), upper and lower respiratory disease, even ear problems, Gynecological problems and immune suppression.
There are about 6 global stress ‘zones’ in everyone’ life as noted above. We often don’t acknowledge the roles relationships such as family, marital, friendly, as well as phobias have in pushing us up the stress scale. Most of us complain about job and relationship stress, to the exclusion of the others.
Yet stress comes in so many ‘normal guises’, some of the most apparently harmless occurrences in life are accompanied by stress. The Social Readjustment Rating Scale or Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale was formulated as a result of this discovery.
By means of it ‘everyday’ occurrence such as change of house, change in frequency of arguments, marital reconciliation were found to add to one’s stress levels – with resulting dangers to health.
Of course everyone knows that the death of a spouse causes stress, and divorce, as does foreclosure but it is the cumulative effect of these, large and small things, that result in life-threatening physical disorders. It’s been found that if the addition of these factors (each of which has a numerical value) totals 300 or more then serious deleterious body effects result.
The generic effects of stress affects 3 parts of our being:
Our life-and-death duty is to make very sure our stress levels remain as little as we can make them.
© Thabo Seseane.2013.
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