Coping With Stress
This is very similar to stress in that we can’t necessarily avoid stress from trying to
weasel it’s way into our life, but we can face it head on and cope with it to prevent it
from taking over. Stress, defined as our reactions to external situations or internal
psychological states, affects our physical health and, of course, emotional well-being.
Despite all of the books, features, and advice that’s been put out there regarding the
topic of stress, why are so many of us still feeling overwhelmed by it day after day?
One reason may be that we’re unable to accept that the process of living life in itself
causes various forms of stress, which means it’s truly impossible to eliminate
entirely. You can’t live life without encountering stress, it’s just a fact.
But not all stress is bad, per se. For instance, the excitement of achieving a goal and
the occurrence of happy events in our lives can result in due stress that we welcome
in many ways.
However, it’s realistic to avoid, or even just reduce the harmful forms of
psychological stress, such as worries, anxieties, depression, fears, and agitation as
well as the damaging physiological reactions, such as increased heart rate, higher
blood pressure, weakened immune system, muscular tension, and so on. It’s really
no surprise that stress can also influence us to behave destructively or drastically.