is stress? Stress is not just a response or a stimulus. It
is not merely a source of strain or pressure on a person.
The concept of stress probably means different things to various
individuals. As for Hans Selye, scientist, and pioneer researcher
on stress, he defined stress as: a non-specific response
of the body to any demands made upon it. It is a process by
which we alarm, resist, and possibly become exhausted to environmental
challenges and threats. This process is called the General
Adaptation Syndrome (GAS.)
we encounter a straining experience, a stress response
is initiated and aftershocks of physiological, cognitive,
and emotional changes are aroused. Stressors are
bothersome events, such as threats, daily hassles, internal
perceptions, worries and obsessions, which cause stress.
A prolonged reaction to a stressor will produce a severe
disruption called a strain. Stress symptoms
then result, which may deteriorate your health, unless
seen as a challenge. In that case, your confidence and
sense of purpose for success may instead increase.
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