Basically, stress is a fact of nature—forces from the outside world affecting the individual. The individual responds to stress in ways that affect the individual as well as their environment. As a biological term, it refers to the consequences of the failure of a human or animal body to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats to the organism, whether its actual or imagined. It is "the autonomic response to environmental stimulus, whereas, a citation is needed.

All living creatures are in a constant interchange with their environment; both physically and behaviorally. This interplay of forces, or energy, is present in the relationships between all matter in the universe, whether it's living (animate) or non-living (inanimate). However, there are critical differences in how different living creatures relate to their environment. These differences have far-reaching consequences for survival. Because of the overabundance of stress in our modern lives, we usually think of stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress can be a neutral, negative, or positive experience.

Stress includes a state of alarm and adrenaline production, short-term resistance as a coping mechanism, and exhaustion. It refers to the inability of a human or animal body to respond. Common stress symptoms include irritability, muscular tension, inability to concentrate and a variety of physical reactions, such as headaches and accelerated heart rate.

Origin and terminology of Stress

First used by the endocrinologist Hans Selye in the 1930s, the term "stress" was to identify physiological responses in laboratory animals. Later, he broadened and popularized the concept to include the perceptions and responses of humans trying to adapt to the challenges of everyday life. In Selye's terminology, "stress" refers to the reaction of the organism, and "stressor" to the perceived threat.

Stress may be experienced positively in certian circumstances. For example, Eustress can be an adaptive response prompting the activation of internal resources to meet challenges and achieve goals.

The term is commonly used by laypersons in a metaphorical rather than literal or biological sense, as a catch-all for any perceived difficulties in life. Also, it becames an euphemism. This becomes a way of referring to problems and eliciting sympathy without being explicitly confessional. For example, just "stressed out". Also, stress covers an enormous range of phenomena. This ranges from mild irritation to the kinds of severe problems that might result in a real health breakdown. In popular usage, almost any event or situation between these extremes could be described as stressful.

Stress Related Health Problems:

Stress related health problems can occur at any time. The causes can be from many different sources that you might or might not be familiar with. The best way your body defends itself is through something called “Stress Response”.

Cortisol from Stress and the Stomach

Did you know that cortisol from stress can thin the lining of the stomach? That could make you more sensitive there--especially to acidic changes.

Cortisol comes from the adrenal cortex and helps us deal with stresses--emotional and physical. It is antiinflammatory but when it is running high excessively it is not good.

Did you know that you can exhaust your adrenals if you skip breakfast? Your adrenals help keep your blood sugar up so you do not get tired.

The problem could be that they are tired and stressed!

The Body’s Stress Response

Stress is the body’s normal physical response to situations that threatens you or in some way upsets your balance. When you sense real or imaginative danger your body’s defense mechanism kicks into high gear. The process is rapid and automatic, and it’s known as the stress response, or the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction.

The stress response is your body’s normal way of protecting itself. When the body’s stress response is working properly, it helps you stay alert, energetic, and focused. Stress can also save your life in emergency situations by giving you extra strength to better defend yourself.

The stress response can also help you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you sharp during a speech, presentation, and sharpens your concentration when you are focusing a game-winning situation. Stress even drives you to study for something even though you'd rather be doing something else.

But adversely, when you have reached a certain point, stress will stop being helpful to you and will start being the cause of major damage to your body’s health, mood, productivity, relationships, and quality of life.

Stress Related

Here are things that might be stress related


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