Definition of stress.

2476 Words Oct 15th, 2005 10 Pages
The word stress is a collective term and is used widely across many professions yet it is not clearly defined and has no limitations. Stress is the new norm, be you a person, pet, practitioner, old or young, stress dominates life and appears in magazines, on television and in newspapers that promise guaranteed cures. My understanding of stress is that it is negative and can be categorised into two major groups; physical stress and mental stress. Within these categories the word stress is used as a condition, minor irritation, and crisis or even as an outcry. The word stress is derived from the Latin verb stringo meaning to draw tight, graze or pluck (Hayward, 2005) and the meaning of stress is forever being expanded. There is some …show more content…
The mass media and our peers are even major causes of stress in our daily life! Our knowledge of stress is expanding as new studies are undertaken and new connections are made between stress and other aspects of our lives. As a student of both physiology and psychology I understand stress can be either a physical strain or injury, or a perception of one's feeling of well-being. In most cases, physical strain will cause personal stress and vice-versa.

I perceive stress on a different scale to many other people, certain situations such as public speaking and examinations of skill do not cause me large amounts of stress, however sailing causes me distress and many physical changes such as hyperventilation, sweating and increased heart rate (even a few tears perhaps). I use the word stress several times a day as a label for emotions, strain and illness. Colloquially I use the word stress to describe insignificant feelings and events and life threatening situations as do most people. Colloquialism aside, I am unaware of any problems associated with the misconception of the word stress.

Stress can be both negative and positive for my performance, too much stress will cause me to burn out but small amounts of stress actually improve my performance. An example is in a job interview; I feel more alert and take care in what I am saying, in
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