Emotional Stress: Stress and emotions


At times it so happens in life that one becomes ill in the process of recovering from an emotionally taxing experience. One may stay composed, firm and brave enough throughout the experience but just as the trauma is about to end, one succumbs to an ailment. There may be symptoms like back ache, fever, headache, loss of appetite or insomia. These are basically the body's way of responding to emotional stress. It is very well said that "Stress is created by what we think rather than by what has actually happened". Stress, in small amounts, can be good but too much of stress disorderly in life. In today's world of cut- throat competition, factors like relationship demands, professional demands, traumatic experiences, financial problems and environmental factors can cause stress in a person's life. Stress is often called a twentieth century disorder, which is born out of man's chase of progress and the complexities that follow it. According to a survey, around three fourths of adults face gross emotional stress at least once a week. Experts say that 22.7 million Americans will suffer from stress disorders at some point of time in their individual lives.

Stress has an ability of helping us move forward in life or hold us back. Emotional stress can be of two types:
1. Positive emotional stress: Positive emotional stress can help an individual tap his highest of potentials and achieve success and maturity in life. It adds punch to life and brings that momentum required to increase our competence.
2. Negative emotional stress: Negative emotional stress can intensify existing medical conditions. It harms the body, physically as well as mentally, rather than doing any good. Pessimism breeds negative emotional stress and here the attitude of an individual comes into play.
Hereditary nature of emotional stress:
Emotional stress is generally passed on from one generation to another. Children of stressed parents have a higher risk of being stressed out and tensed at encountering difficult and challenging situations. But it is also possible that such children learn to take such challenges, face them boldly and emerge as winners.

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