Stress: Management and Relief
Everyone experiences stress at some point in life, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But too much stress, or enduring it for too long, can hurt your health. The Web has many sites to help you learn what stress is, how it affects the body, how to find stress relief, how to manage stress, and what researchers are learning about it.
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How many times has this happened to you: a big event like a move or wedding is on the horizon, and you’re scrambling to get all the details sorted out. You feel stressed, and at the worst possible time (although not so unexpectedly), you get sick. What is it about stress that makes it so damaging to the body? Stressors trigger reactions that can impact several different bodily systems. In this section, there are sites that illustrate the short-term and long-term effects of stress on your body.
- The stress reaction involves the release of different types of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These same hormones have roles in other bodily systems, too, which is why stress can affect so many different parts of your body.
For the impact of stress on the body …
American Institute of Stress
is a nonprofit organization started by a group of psychologists, including Hans Selye, who is credited with developing one of the first models of stress and how it affects the immune system. This page introduces stress and its prevalence in society, along with some possible causes. Read about Selye
and his struggle to attribute the most appropriate name to the phenomena he was studying. Scroll past the pictures and Chinese characters to read about it.
The San Francisco Chronicle
has a useful article that details the mental and physical effects of too much stress, which include “depression, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, premature cell aging, and obesity and diabetes.” The article also describes how the body’s stress chemicals affect us, and the importance of finding stress relief techniques.
For the relationship between stress and heart attacks …
has an article about how stressful jobs can lead to heart attacks. Citing a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
in October 2007, the article points out that a second heart attack is more likely if your job is stressful.
makes note of two studies that conclusively link stress and heart disease. Among them is a 12-year study of civil servants that found those with relationships marked by conflict and fighting also had a 34 percent higher risk of experiencing a heart problem than those without “negative close relationships.”
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