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					In the newspapers, in the magazines, in the cinema, in the television, everywhere we listen people that talks about

the stress..Why is it so?


The stress has been part of the human race from the beginnings of the history, why do we pay it so much attention

now?


Has it changed? Is it now more more dangerous than before? Or is it because now we have discovered its incidence

in our lives?


Stress is an unavoidable consequence of life and it is not something exclusive of the human beings, because the

animals also have it. But the stress it is not necessarily bad.


To win the lottery can produce much more stress that to not win it, but the difference rests in the organic answer that

we will have in a case and the other.


On the other hand, there are many people that need some pressure to reach more, and stress can provide a state of

alert, anticipation and excitement.


How can we achieve a fair balance between not having stress and having too much?


Stress is the answer of the body in front of external conditions that are perceived as dangerous, worrying or irritating.

And our natural answer is the modification of the behavior of almost all the body organs, to allow us to escape or to

face that danger. Although in fact for the body any CHANGE in our life implies stress.


When we face a change, the brain activates the secretion of certain hormones that untie a chain reaction in the whole

body, and this is not bad, but rather it is the way that the nature uses to protects us, getting us ready to react to the

stressor.


If the situation is prolonged during a short time, the stress and its changes are something good, but if the situation is

prolonged in time, it can be exhausting, cause ulcers, cardiovascular illnesses, migraines, sexual problems, asthma,

nervous tics, baldness, diabetes, back pains, and even weight modifications increasing or removing the appetite.


WHAT CAUSES STRESS?
Anything can cause stress, since what a person perceives as irritating or dangerous, can be indifferent for another

person in the same situation, that is to say that the stressors are different for different people.


And we should distinguish among the stress produced by pleasant situations (vacations, to get marryed, to win the

lottery) that it is known as "eustress".
And the stress produced by unpleasant situations (a divorce, a death, to lose the employment) that it is known as

"distress".


For this reason many people carry a load of stress much bigger than they can imagine.


Any change in our routine and any change in our body is lived with stress.


Some of the more common stress producers are:


To work in excess without the appropriate time to recover


To live in places with extreme climates or extreme altitudes


Toxins like the poisons, the tobacco, the alcohol and the drugs


Fights and discussions


Illnesses


The puberty, with all the physical CHANGES that it bears


The pre-menstrual syndrome: once a month, before the menstruation, the lack of the same hormones that produce

stress in the puberty, causes stress states in the mature women.


For the same reason, the sudden fall of the hormones level that takes place in front of the childbirth and the abortion,

produce stress


The menopause, although of gradual appearance, it produces stress for the lack of the same feminine hormones.


Being in charge of the actions of another person. This produces CHANGES over our life, which we can't control, and

for this reason it is a strong stressor.

Written by, Dr. Roberto A. Bonomi

				
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