Stress Management

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1. Introduction Stress is a part of day to day living. It is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. The stress you experience is not necessarily harmful. Mild forms of stress can act as a motivator and energizer. However, if your stress level is too high, medical and social problems can result.

Fortunately, stress management is largely a learnable skill. Most people can learn how to take the heat in their lives. Many stresses can be changed, eliminated, or minimized. There are many proven skills that we can use to manage stress. These help us to remain calm and effective in high pressure situations, and help us avoid the problems of long term stress.

The goals for this study are to review the methods to manage stress. Besides that, it also explains the causes of stress and shows the signs and symptoms of stress.

It also describes the effects of stress and how they lead to health problems.

After reading this part of the study, you should have a solid understanding of the importance of stress management techniques. In particular, you should know how to choose the right technique to reduce stress.

Stress is essentially reflected by the rate of all the wear and tear caused by life. Although we cannot avoid stress as long as we live, we can learn a great deal about how to keep its' damaging side-effects, distress, to a minimum.

2. What is Stress?Dr. Hans Selye, the father of stress theory, defined stress as "the non-specific response of the body to any demand made upon it." The "demand" can be a threat, a challenge or any kind of change which requires the body to adapt. The response...