STRESS is a complex, dynamic process of interaction between a person and his or her life. It sis the way we react physically, mentally, and emotionally to the various conditions, changes, and demands of life.
Stress can be
ACUTE (immediate), which can be a one-time incident that usually comes and goes quickly. Its effect on us can last from minutes or hours to days or weeks. Examples of acute stress include narrowly avoiding an automobile crash or experiencing a violent incident with someone.
CHRONIC (long-term), which can be caused by a continuing string of stressful incidences, or an ongoing situation. Examples of chronic stress include a difficult job environment, caring for someone with a chronic disease, or a state of loneliness. We experience stress in levels. Low levels may not be noticeable, slightly higher levels can be positive and challenge us to act in creative and resourceful ways, and high levels can be harmful, worsening chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease. These changing levels occur regularly as we pass through life cycle transitions like graduating from high school and college, getting or changing a job, or getting married.
People react differently to stress. How you react depends on your strategies for coping with stress, your previous experiences with stress, your genetic makeup, and your level of social support and how you view your social support. The greatest factor, however, is hoe you perceive stress and control its outcome. What is stressful to one person may not affect another. Stress affects you in both is acute and chronic forms:
Stress also may cause moodiness, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating.
It may lead to depression, relationship problems, and poor performance at work or school. Chronic stress also limits your ability to develop skills that are uniquely yours; it can hinder your ability to excel in a way that is unique to you.
Stress can be overwhelming.
If this is the case, you may want outside help from a counselor, therapist, or specialist. A professional can help you with a number of approaches to reducing the symptoms of stress and help you decrease the stress in your life..
Professional help is available for the following therapies or techniques: