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Stress Management|Definition|Symptons & management strategies of stress

Updated on July 2, 2012
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The word stress has become so famous in the modern days. You won't miss hearing it everywhere. It has simply become an epidemic of modern times. You can prove this by comparing the statistics of high numbers of anti-depressants out selling other types of prescription drugs and the lists of best sellers include soothing volumes on how to deal with stress.

Rather than going straight to the symptoms, it is proper that we get to understand what stress is.

What Is Stress

The most simplest and practical definition of stress is given by Mike Reeves McMillan. Mike also runs courses on stress management.

Here's the link to his site that

Stop here. Watch the video before you continue. Why? The messages in the video will place you in sound footing as I discuss on.

Stress can be experienced in work place, at home, in relationships or in business or anywhere where people interact with each other.

Which category of stress do you commonly fall under?

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Categories of stress

The medical experts provided fancy categories of stress. I found those information so technical and requires medical experts and psychologist to understand. Bit of research has yielded the following simple, easy to understand categories.

1. Good stress

2. Bad stress

3. Over stress

5. Under stress

These categories are self explanatory. I will soon show you a video that will shed some light into the categories of stress listed above.

When you hear a person referring to stress these days, they most likely referring to being "over stressed" with "bad stress"

Medical research has proved time and again that stress leads to long term health problems. Accept the fact being ignorant to stress only adds more health problems to your life and reduces your years on earth.

Medical research has shown a strong correlation between brain and humane system. What is this link anyway? When we are overstressed with bad stress, the activity of our bodies human system is affected. No wonder some illness is expressed by stress by individuals.

More on stress symptoms

6 very common symptoms of stress

1. Short temper

2. Emotional outburst

3. Lack of attention to duties

4. Decrease productivity

5. Increase in number of accidents

6. Increase absenteeism, lateness and turn over of staff in workplace

Stress Managent

If you happened to find yourself experiencing one or more of these symptoms than that should ring a bell. Most people do not realize until its to late. Some realize but become ignorant and that does more harm to their health.

List of common strategies of coping with stress

1. Emotional or mental-This involves crying, drinking alcohol or praying

2. Physical -This involves dieting,exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques

3. Taking up hobbies or holidays

4. Rely on problem solving techniques, confronting the stress

5.Relying on personal support from family and friends

Please watch the video on stress management for more specific details.

Word of advice

Stress as we know can have detrimental impacts on our health in the long run if we don't manage it at present. My word of advice is "Never to take short cut methods of relieving stress"

Drugs like marijuana, cocaine or any others or even alcohol do not solve your problem. They conceal the problems just to let it appear again later on. Resorting to drugs to manage stress means treating the symptoms only, not the cause.

It is better to use strategies that involves searching within your life and finding the real cause of stress.

Hope you learnt something from this hub.

I wish you good health.


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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I go for EUSTRESS! Lol.

      Thank you very much for sharing this. There are lots of ways to relieve stress... Some of which are relaxation and diversion. :D I like how you explained the subject matter in a simpler way. :D

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Good hub Ian. I think I fall into all categories of stress at one point or another. But mostly I am over-stressed :) my best method of reducing stress is to exercise. Even if its only a 20 minute walk. It really does help!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Really nice hub. Thanks for sharing. Stress management is very important for healthy lifestyle.

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      ALUR 5 years ago from USA

      Great insight and tips. I didn't think there was "good" stress. Frankly I"ve been so stressed that the body is always in "fight and flight" mode. This becomes physiological and can lead to many problems.

      You're welcome to visit my hubs as well:)

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I find it difficult to understand medical experts method of explaining simple things like how to cope with stress so i had to find a easy way round to explain this. Thanks for commenting

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Thanks for spicing up the hub with your personal experience.

      Appreciate your comment

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Glad you found the hub nice. We share same opinion here. Stress if not managed can have detrimental impacts on a persons health in the long run.

      Thanks for commenting

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Thanks much for adding a bit on what a shared. I will go over and read your hubs and be your fan to read your hubs.

      Happy hubbing.

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      Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

      I definitely did learn from your hub. We do need a certain amount of stress in our lives but not the bad kind. i love the coping strategies you mentioned. As you say, drugs etc do not ultimately work, in fact they can worsen. You feel relaxed for a bit, but then the aftermath can be anxiety attacks. I voted UP and look forward to following you Ian.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I'm so glad you learnt something from this hub. I often use to wonder why many people today pay so much attention to other things and pay little attention to information like this that can enhance life.

      Really appreciate your comment. Following you to.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      All this talk of managing stress is stressing me out ;)

      Good overview of the topic. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      lolz. you have a way of blending a humor with useful comment. Thanks much for commenting and the vote.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge on stress. God Bless You.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      You are welcome. Appreciate your kind comment.


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      lbfitness 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very informative lens on a hugely important topic. Stress is like the silent disease that people take for granted but it can actually have a significant impact on life. I was prone to anxiety but have managed to control it with relaxation techniques. Thanks :)

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      I have to agree with you because like you said, many take stress for granted and its sure killer of modern times...

      Appreciate your comment.

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      Vanessa Johnsson 5 years ago from Washington DC

      I had no idea there is such a thing as good stress. Very interesting!

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea


      Hi There. thanks for commenting. Glad you found it interesting. Welcome to hubpages. I am following you. One hub already. More to come....Keep going....

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      DECENT HUMAN 5 years ago


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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      DH. Very true.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Employee stress is one of the major reasons high turn over rates in companies. Addressing this problem not only increase productivity but also improves office relationships.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I'm stressed working on cleaning my pantry. Tomorrow I will finish and the stress will be gone. That's the little stress I don't mind. Good hub and voted Up.

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      Ian D Hetri 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      @jpcmc~Thanks for the very insightful comment.

      @moonlake~Hope you get your pantry cleaned soon and get off the hook of the little stress bothering you.


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