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Stressis a state of emotional and mental pressure. Pressure develops whenthe body feels like it cannot cope with a specific situation. Peoplehave different ways of responding to stress. This affects how thebody responds to the physiological change. It comes out in the formof behavioral or health problems. This is an essay trying to analyzethe connection between stress and these problems in the modernsociety.

Oneof the major effects of continual stress is heart diseases.Researchers have long been trying to find the link and cardiacdiseases. Type A personality makes people obsessed with perfection inthat a small deviation from the abnormal will cause so much worrying.Such people are always in emotional and mental pressure tomicro-manage everything to their perfection (McAleer, 2015, n.p).Stress increases the heart rate and blood flow, causing the releaseof triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood that end upaccumulating on the vessel walls. Issues such as obesity and theincreased tendency to smoke harm the heart and the blood vessels.Acute stressors can also be a cause of a heart attack.

Stresshas led to an increase in the number of divorces and separations inmarriages. In a relationship, stress can be caused by a change in thefinancial status, unfaithfulness of a partner, weight-related issuesor even a change in personal habits such as smoking. Work-relatedstress has seen people become violent and intolerant in the house,and some of them even cheating (APA, 2015, n.p). Stress may lead todepression, which affects their school work, their attitude for lifeand the opposite sex, their attitude towards life and anything theydo. Separation also brings unnecessary financial pressure on bothpartners. Such issues can be handled by making sure the externalstressor that is affecting the family relationship has been dealtwith. If it is job-related, seeing the company administration andsharing the stress, or changing jobs if the administration cannothelp is recommended.

Stresscauses poor relationships with peers and partners. We all have ourstressors in life, whether is it something financial, marital,job-related or academic. This mental and emotional alteration causespeople to react inappropriately to normal life events. One should beable to detect and recognize the stressful reaction and adjustquickly before the upset or anger the next person. It is alsoimportant to find time to talk about what is making you feel stressedto the person you feel is important or is more vulnerable to yourstressful reaction (McGonigal, 2013, n.p). In such conversations, oneshould make sure that both parties understand the situation and areready to support each other without taking any advantage of thesituation. Both parties are supposed to leave happy and content(APA, 2015, n.p).

Stressreduces the output and efficiency of a person. Work-related stresscan change one’s attitude towards their job leading to a lack ofcommitment to the job. Stress victims tend to lack total commitmentor concentration on the work. They will end up working, not becausethey want to make a change or improve their output to aim at aperformance appraisal, but because they have to. An organizationshould cultivate a culture of close and personal but ethical andprofessional contact between the senior staff and the junior staff(APA, 2015, n.p). Appreciation of one’s performance or achievementsis one way of staying away from stress. It improves a person’smorale and esteem. Positive reinforcement and positive thoughts helppeople to avert stress by forcing the brain to focus on aspects oflife that are stress-free (Bradberry, 2014, n.p).

Disconnectioncan also help a person to stay stress-free. Taking some time off t cldown after a busy day is a nice way to unwind (BBC, 2011, n.p).Technology has made people available every time. The fact that aperson feels pressurized to be available for the sake of other peopleevery time can be stressful. It is important to disconnect with otherpeople for a few hours or days in order to get time for yourself.This allows the mind peace of thought (Bradberry, 2014, n.p).Sleeping is also a sure way of dealing with stress. Enough sleepallows the brain enough time to readjust. Sleep deprivation raisesthe levels of stress hormones. Stress hormones are also triggered bydrinking a lot of caffeine. Studies have shown that limiting theamount of caffeine intake helps to reduce stress (McGonigal, 2013,n.p).

Inconclusion, many social issues are related to stress. These problemshave a direct effect on our personal lives in terms of familystability, financial stability and even in terms of health. It isupon us to focus on ways of adjusting to our stressors.


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