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Stress and Anxiety Defined

Find a good strategy to reduce the negative effects of stress.

Ever since the term was first coined in 1936, there’s been an ongoing debate about the definition of stress.

Being such an ambiguous concept, people think that stress isn’t real. But the truth is that as common as stress is, it can have serious effects to your health if left unmanaged.

Even though we all know what stress is, it’s hard to perceive it as something damaging because it’s so intangible, and the effects of stress vary from person to person. This is another aspect that interferes with its being defined in the same way by different people.

Hans Selye - About StressWhen Hans Selye invented the term “stress” in 1936, he defined it as “the nonspecific response of the organism to any pressure or demand.” Later on, as he progressed in his studies and 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 it is perceived.

Stress is the result of a person’s inability to cope.
Whether you have an urgent project that needs to be done to perfection or you’re going through, and emotional crisis, the effect of stress will depend on how well you can cope with that situation.

Do you feel that you can handle it? Or is it too much?

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 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 and anxiety occurs if we are encountering something new or unknown. But stress isn’t always originated by a failure to adapt. Pushing you to complete a presentation or even the thrill of landing that prestigious position can cause your body to experience stress/anxiety.

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.

Also read: The Biology of Stress