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What is the Definition of Stress?

Providing an exact definition of stress is almost impossible, as very complex to explain. But the good news is that all those people who think of all stress as a bad thing, are not totally correct in doing so.

It is considered both normal and healthy to experience certain levels of stress in our lives. However, it is when stress starts to take control of our lives, or we feel as if we have become a different person, is when stress becomes both unhealthy and maybe even dangerous.

The definition of stress then can be said basically to be the emotional and physical strain that is caused by our response to pressures from the outside world. This strain varies in terms of severity and impact from person to person, as each person handles stress differently and responds differently to separate stressors - stressors being the factors in our lives that cause us the stress.

Our bodies also respond differently to different types of stress. When we feel stressed the body releases chemicals into the blood and sometimes these chemicals give us more strength and energy - that's in response to the 'good' stress. However, the bad stress can have the opposite effect, and the chemicals released can cause us to feel sad or depressed.

Causes Of Stress

There can be a variety of causes to stress and it all depends on what is happening in our life, and how we deal with it on a daily basis. For instance anyone working in a high-paced job where they seem to be constantly annoyed and frustrated are likely to feel a lot more negative stress than someone doing a job they enjoy, and who can work at their own pace.

It is also important to realize that there are a few different specific definitions of stress, namely: survival stress, internal stress, environmental stress, and then the stress caused by fatigue and overwork.

Internal stress is the most commonly experienced form of stress, and is one of the most important kinds of stress to understand and manage. It basically occurs when people make themselves ill by being stressed out, when they worry about things that they cannot control or put themselves in situations that they know are just going to end up causing themselves even more stress.


Regardless of how severe your stress is or how long you have been trying to deal with it you should consult a doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms you think may have been caused by this stress. He, or she, will recommend a course of treatment which may involve taking medicine. However, if you would prefer to treat your stress using more natural methods there are several helpful websites to be found online.

Peter Blake is an Englishman currently based in London, and writes on family and lifestyle issues. Online professional help can be found by going to these websites:
Blog: http://bezierbrit-stressmanagement.blogspot.com
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