Understanding Stress.

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Understanding Stress


Stress is an element of everyone's life. It can be triggered by various factors. Recognizing stress and understanding how it can affect one mentally, physically, and behaviorally is very important. Strategies to manage or eliminate stress are readily available. The scope of treatments range from simple to complex.

Understanding Stress

Thesis: Learning to recognize and manage are the keys to coping.

I. Causes of Stress

A. Change

1. Real and Imagined

B. Self Generated Factors

1. Self esteem

2. Negative thinking

3. Financial status

II. Types of Stress

A. Acute

B. Episodic Acute

C. Chronic

III. Symptoms

A. Physical

B. Behavioral

IV. Managing techniques

A. Simple strategies

B. Long term care

Conclusion: Identifying and understanding stress can reduce or eliminate

Understanding Stress

Stress is a mentally or emotionally disruptive condition occurring in response to external or internal influences. It affects everyone everyday in some shape or form.

It is an unavoidable consequence of life. Learning to recognize and manage stress is the key to coping in our mental civilization.

Stress is triggered by anything that causes a change in which you must adapt. Some stress is caused by imagined change. Imagining change is what we call"worry". Anxiety can be produced by self-generated factors such as negative personal interpretations--low self esteem. Negative thinking increases stress because the negative thinker tends to interpret events in such a way as to produce anxiety. Positive thinking minimizes or eliminates stress because positive thinkers rarely perceive events as stressful (Datamation, April 15, 1985 v31 n8 p88-90).

"Money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10, King James Bible, 1611) may be questionable but money is certainly the root of a great deal of stress. Social pressure and easily available credit can lead to mounting debt, which lead to stress.

There are...