Sociology Essay

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Stress and Health Psychology 1. Sources of Stress “Stress as the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made on it” (Selye,1974). Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is a nonspecific response of the body to any demand on it; the arousal, both physical and mental, to situations or events that we perceive as threatening and challenging and the trigger that prompts the stressful reaction is called stressor.[1] Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems.[2] According to Salye (1974), when stress is beneficial such as moderate exercise, it is called eustress, and when it’s objectionable, as from chronic illness, it is called distress.[3] Anything placing a demand on the body can cause stress (Huffman, 2005). There are 5 major sources of stress influenced our lives; life changes, chronic stressor, hassles, frustration and conflict. In my situation, my major source of stress is frustration and conflict. Huffman (2005) define frustration is a negative emotional state generally associated with a blocked goal such as not being accepted for admission to your first-choice college. Within my situation, this could be my major source of stress because due to my principal of living, I am highly demanding in any circumstances such as if my holiday planning is not going in a good manner and all the activities I had plan will not going smoothly and caused unexpected problems. In this situation,

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