Stress Is A Natural Part Of Life

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Stress is a natural part of life; it occurs as a natural physical and psychological response every time there is a change. It can be very good to people, helping them reach a certain goal (this type of stress is called eustress). The problem, and where stress gets an automatic bad thought, is when stress becomes distress. Distress is defined as “great pain, anxiety or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering” (Dictionary.com). Doctors are taught different types of drugs to prescribe like antianxiety medications that all have annoying and unpleasant side effects - some can actually come with an increased risk for depression, which is something most people suffering from anxiety also experience. Doctors will also often prescribe psychotherapy along with the medication with the goal of decreasing the effects of anxiety (Maser ). However, many health professionals overlook one possibly more beneficial way of management - meditation. While there are many solutions for decreasing stressors and their harmful side effects, meditation seems to be the most organic and beneficial.

Stress can affect every system in a persons body, and can be linked to being a contributing factor to many diseases, disorders, skin problems and neurological degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s (American Institute of Stress). The ‘fight-or-flight’ response, directly due to the endocrine and nervous system reacting to a stressor, causes a release of adrenaline and cortisol that results in an
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