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Encountering Stress in a Changing World

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Ako Leal

on 2 December 2012

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Transcript of Encountering Stress in a Changing World

Stress in a Changing
World "Stress" General Causes
of Stress Uncertainty Cognitive dissonance Life Causes FEAR The effects of stress in our Body Stress typically describes a negative concept that can have an impact on one’s mental and physical well-being,
but it is unclear what exactly defines stress and whether or not stress is a cause, an effect, or the process connecting the two. Threat -
A perceived threat will lead a person to feel stressed. This can include physical threats, social threats, financial threat, and so on. In particular it will be worse when the person feels they have no response that can reduce the threat, as this affects the need for a sense of control. When we are not certain, we are unable to predict, and hence feel we are not in control, and hence may feel fear or feel threatened by that which is causing the uncertainty. Threat can lead to fear, which again leads to stress. Fear leads to imagined outcomes, which are the real source of stress. When there is a gap between what we do and what we think, then we experience cognitive dissonance, which is felt as stress. Thus, if I think I am a nice person then do something that hurts someone else, I will experience dissonance and stress. Death: of spouse, family, friend
Health: injury, illness, pregnancy
Crime: Sexual molestation, mugging, burglary, pick-pocketed
Self-abuse: drug abuse, alcoholism, self-harm
Family change: separation, divorce, new baby, marriage
Sexual problems: getting partner, with partner
Argument: with spouse, family, friends, co-workers, boss
Physical changes: lack of sleep, new work hours
New location: vacation, moving house
Money: lack of it, owing it, investing it
Environment change: in school, job, house, town, jail
Responsibility increase: new dependent, new job Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress -- a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try and relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems BEHAVIOR-MODIFICATION IN A
STRESS-FILLED WORLD Accomplish Something
Do something that gives you an individual sense of accomplishment, that seems manageable, no matter how small .

Watch Your Health
your sleep, your eating habits.

Go out and Socialize
Those who maintain good personal linkages are more likely to be in good mental health than with the loner.

Always think positive
Realize that sebacks and obstacle are ineviatable in life.

Learn to Prioritize
Decide which to retain in the order of importance and try to meet them at a peace you are comfortable.

Discuss And Communicate
Many problems are solved if you meet them head-on and discuss them with someone with a listening ear and a listening hearth.

Seek Help
There are lots of people willing to lend their shoulders forr you to cry on.

Seek Comfort in direct communication with one you have faith in. Prayers worlks miracles
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