Stress Affects Everybody Differently Essay

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Why Stress Affects Everybody Differently The word "stress" technically refers only to how our body reacts to stressors, different external inputs. Many stressors are not inherently stressful. There are conscious and unconscious things that occur in our inner world that determine whether a stressor in the external world will trigger our stress response, called mediating responses and moderating factors. (1) Some stress is good for us and motivates us. But signs that stress has gone too far include emotional distress, sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating. Scientific studies suggest that up to 85% of all health problems are related to stress. (2) Stressors have 3 general categories: catastrophes, major life changes…show more content…
There are two main strategies of coping: problem- focused coping and emotion-focused coping. Problem-focused coping tries to manage and alter stressors and is more useful in situations in which a constructive solution can be found. Problem-focused coping strategies include confronting (changing a stressful situation assertively), planful problem solving (solving through deliberate, problem-focused strategies) and most importantly, seeking social support. (5) Emotion-focused coping tries to regulate the emotional responses to stressors and is more useful in situations in which the problem must be accepted. Some of these coping strategies include self-controlling, distancing, positively reappraising (finding positive meaning in stressful experience by focusing on personal growth), accepting responsibility, and escaping/avoiding (often by drinking, overeating, using drugs, etc.). (5) The idea behind this mediating process of coping is repeated later in this paper when coping ability is considered a personality trait by a study by the University of Utah. Moderating factors, as well as mediating processes, influence the strength of individuals' stress responses induced by stressors. The main moderating factor is the personality traits of the individuals. Hardiness is a trait associated with stress resistance, which consists of control (belief in people that they can influence their internal states and behavior, influence their
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