Stress on the body.

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Stress can cause a numerous problems on one's body and mental state. In 1956, when a Canadian physician Hano Selye introduced "stress" when he published the book "The Stress of Life". His concept has been embraced by popular culture ever since.

Stress can affect people in different ways depending on one's environment. It has both physical and emotional effects on us and can create either positive or negative feelings. For example, a positive influence, stress can help make us to realize different concepts that can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective on life. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. With the death of a loved one, the birth of a child, a job promotion, or a new relationship, we experience stress throughout our lives.

Therefore, adjusting to different circumstances, stress will help or hinder us depending on how we react to it. Identifying stress and being aware of its effect on our lives is not enough for reducing its harmful effects.

Some helpful ways to relieve stress are slow, deep breathing which brings your heart rate and respiration back to normal. Relaxation techniques can reduce muscle tension and exercise helps to release tensions that have been built up. Medications can help in the short term in moderating your physical reactions to stress but does not help in the long term. However, all these alone are not the answer. Learning to moderate your reactions on your own is the best long-term solution to one's stress problem.