Monday, September 6, 2010


Posted by Cecile at 9/06/2010 04:00:00 PM

Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and a variety of physical symptoms that include headache and a fast heartbeat.

It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.

Stress can be a very difficult feeling to overcome, if not treated correctly. Stress is an overload of complicated information that a person tries to register and accept.

Here are some different life events that are identified as stressful. They are rated on the "Holmes-Raye" scale, which scores them according to the stress they cause (the higher the number, the greater the stress).

* Death of a spouse - 100 points

* Divorce - 73 points

* Marriage - 50 points

* Pregnancy - 40 points

* Buying a house - 31 points

* Christmas - 12 points

Symptoms of stress:

# Changes in body functions and physical health

# Changes in emotions and feelings

# Changes in behavior

# Changes in thoughts


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