In 1936, Hans Selye invented the term STRESS and defined it as “the nonspecific response of the organism to any pressure or demand.” Later on, as he progressed in his studies, he modified the definition to: “The rate of wear and tear on the body.” While these are very general definitions, they are very accurate in describing how stress is perceived.
Stress is not about the difficulty of a situation or the awfulness of an experience. It is the result of a person’s inability to cope. The imbalance his body goes through because of the chemicals released in his body as he struggles to deal with the stressful situation.
A stressful event for one person may not be considered stressful to another. Whether you have an urgent project that needs to be done to perfection or you’re going through an emotional crisis, the effect of stress will depend on how well you handle and cope with that situation.
Because the emotional response is such an important aspect of stress, I like this more modern definition a lot better: “Stress refers to any reaction to a physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.”
If the failure to adapt to a situation exists, this results in stress. In many cases, stress occurs if we are encountering something new or unknown. But stress isn’t always originated by a failure to adapt. Pushing yourself to complete a presentation or even the thrill of landing that prestigious position can cause your body to experience stress.
Whether it’s a good change or a bad change, any change is bound to be stressful. Finding a good strategy to cope with pressure, change, and responsibility can significantly reduce the negative effects of stress. If you find that you are experiencing chronic stress, check out our 2-week special STRESS & ANXIETY AWAY program and start de-stressing your mind, body, and spirit.
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