Stress is a broad term used loosely. The stress people feel when they have a serious disease is different from the stress they feel at their workplace and different form the stress we feel when about to compete in a competition. Hence stress is a topical topic across people of all cultures and backgrounds. Many people believe that stress is the demon of modern busy life style. While a certain amount of stress is important to help us to face life’s challenges, too much for too long can be fatal. Numerous studies have shown that stress can impair the body’s ability to fight infections. Research by Jeansok Kim of the University of Washington asserts that traumatic stress is bad for your brain cells. Stress can “disturb cognitive processes such as learning and memory and consequently limit the quality of human life.” The most damaging stress is the one we feel we cannot control.
For those working in white collar jobs, meeting dead lines is a normal requirement, and the talk of practically every office. When the deadline is very close, we often make more and more mistakes, like spilling a cup of tea on the table, not being able to find the carefully drafted report etc. In such situations, your heart beat soars, you come out in a sweat, stomach having butter flies, and thoughts are all muddled and lack any logic or consistency.
There is a general consensus amongst the psychologists and psychiatrists that stress may increase the risk of ill health. Relations exist between stress and conditions such as high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma and migraine.