Stress: Causes, Signs, Symptoms, and Ways to Overcome
Dr. Anwar AlMuoseb
211- PRINCIPLES ACADEMIC WRITING -IN ENGLISH
May 23, 2022
My draft essay on stress
Stress is one of the mainstream problems of this age because it can always negatively affect our lives. In the past, people had an easy life, and they did not feel stressed so much, but today their life is getting worse day by day because of stress. In my opinion, we have to understand the definition of stress, its causes, signs, symptoms, and how can you manage and overcome stress.
Firstly, Stress is the way human beings react both physically and mentally to changes, events, and situations in their lives. People experience stress in different ways and for different reasons. The reaction is based on your perception of an event or situation. If you view a situation negatively, you will likely feel distressed—overwhelmed, oppressed, or out of control. Also, The term stress has many definitions, Lazarus and Folkman (1984) have defined stress as “an internal state which can be caused by physical demands of the body or by environmental and social situations, which are evaluated as potentially harmful, uncontrollable, or exceeding our resources for coping”. According to David Fontana “stress is a demand made upon the adaptive capacities of the mind and body”. These definitions indicate that stress represents those conditions under which individuals have demands made upon them, that they cannot physically or psychologically meet, leading to breakdown at one or other of these levels.
Secondly, when talking about the causes of stress, the most frequent reasons for “stressing out” fall into three main categories, The unsettling effects of change, The feeling that an outside force is challenging or threatening you, and the feeling that you have lost personal control. Life events such as marriage, changing jobs, divorce, or the death of a relative or friend are the most common causes of stress. Although life-threatening events are less common, they can be the most physiologically and psychologically acute. They are usually associated with public service career fields in which people experience intense stress levels because of imminent danger and a high degree of uncertainty in being a police officer, fire and rescue worker, emergency relief worker, and the military.
Thirdly, it is time to mention the signs of stress, The early warning signs of stress include apathy, anxiety, irritability, mental fatigue, and overcompensation or denial. Some signs of apathy are feelings of sadness or recreation that is not fun anymore. Feelings of restlessness, agitation, insecurity, and a sense of worthlessness are examples of anxiety. Signs of irritability are feeling hypersensitive, defensive, and arrogant. Feeling argumentative, rebellious, or angry are also signs of irritability. Examples of mental fatigue are feeling preoccupied, having difficulty concentrating, and having trouble thinking flexibly. Working too hard, denying that there are problems, ignoring symptoms, and feeling suspicious are all signs of overcompensation or denial. Some behavioral signs of stress are avoiding things, doing things to extremes, administrative problems, and legal problems. Avoiding things includes keeping to ones