The word `stress` is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "a state of affair involving demand on physical or mental energy". A condition or circumstance (not always adverse), which can disturb the normal physiological and psychological functioning of an individual. In medical parlance `stress` is defined as a perturbation of the body`s homeostasis. This demand on mind-body occurs when it tries to cope with incessant changes in life.

A `stress` condition seems `relative` in nature. Extreme stress conditions, psychologists say, are detrimental to human health but in moderation stress is normal and, in many cases, proves useful. Stress, nonetheless, is synonymous with negative conditions. Today, with the rapid diversification of human activity, we come face to face with numerous causes of stress and the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Stress has many different causes, some of which affect certain people more than others. Work is often cited as a primary cause of stress, especially among those who believe they are underpaid and underappreciated in their professional lives. Strained family relationships with spouses and children can also lead to stress. However, even seemingly insignificant problems such as long lines at the grocery store or rush hour traffic jams can increase stress levels in some people.

While removing oneself from stressful situations is ideal, this is not always the most practical solution to managing stress. Meditation, yoga, and other forms of relaxation therapy can be helpful in coping with stress. Changes that improve your overall health, such as eating a balanced diet and ensuring a good night’s sleep, can also help to boost your resistance to the negative effects of stress.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a stress-related illness, but it should not be confused with the effects of everyday stress. This serious mental health condition is typically triggered by events such as rape, physical abuse, serving in a military combat zone, or surviving a life-threatening accident. Sufferers typically require counseling and/or prescription medications.

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Parental Stress

According to Ron Huxley, LMFT: "Nothing describes parenting better than stress!" Stress is defined as any physical or emotional demand that you feel unable to handle. These demands encompass all of the little hassles you experience every day, from the moment you try to get children up for school to the moment you finally get them to bed at night. Even though these daily hassles are often considered trivial, over time, these hassles add up, building in pressure, until you are ready to burst out with anger and frustration.

Marital Stress

Perhaps half of the adults suffering from severe stress blame the deteriorating relationships on their spouse. Looking at the growing rate of divorces, court cases for alimony, physical abuses and single parents, it does seem as if handling a relationship can be a tricky and often taxing issue.

Career And Family Life

Balancing family with professional life is tricky and often a frustrating challenge. It is important to consider the priorities and evaluate the choices, so that one can have time to work, time to play and time to make sure that life is as fulfilling as it can be. Stress often results from a conflict between work and family responsibilities.

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