The Effects Of Stress On Mental Health

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A substantial amount of Canadians experience stress in their lives. In fact, nearly one-quarter of the population over the age of 15 are stressed on a daily basis (Statistics Canada, 2013). Stress can be defined as a mental and emotional state of tension, in which one perceives the environment around them to be strenuous and overwhelming. Although some stress is necessary for survival, it can adversely affect both the physical and mental health. Its detrimental effects include but are not limited to: lack of confidence, concentration, motivation, decision making and increased heartrate, sweating, tension, as well as other physical and psychological problems such as headaches and insomnia (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2015). These health complications strongly emphasize the need for further research in ways to cope with, and reduce stress. Henceforth, the purpose of this paper is to use established research to better understand stress, then propose my own study that would investigate another stress-reduction method.

An article by Choi, Vickers, and Tassone (2014) discusses three constructs related to stress; trait emotional intelligence (TEI), anxiety sensitivity (AS) and experiential avoidance (EA). These three constructs have had recent attention in the field of psychology, and are being further investigated to determine the significance on stress. In my opinion, TEI is the construct that is most prominent in stress reactivity.

TEI is described as a specific
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