I Am Feeling Stressed

I Am Feeling Stressed

Our everyday life is going on fast, and it sometimes makes us say I am feeling stressed. Most of us need little introduction to the phenomenon of stress, people’s response to events that threaten or challenge them.

What makes me say I am feeling stressed

Whether it is a paper or an exam deadline, a family problem, or even the ongoing threat of a terrorist attack, life is full of circumstances and events are known as stressors that produce threats to our well-being. Even pleasant events—such as planning a party or beginning a sought-after job—can produce stress, although negative events result in greater detrimental consequences than positive ones. All of us face stress in our lives.


Some health psychologists believe that daily life actually involves a series of repeated sequences of perceiving a threat, considering ways to cope with it, and ultimately adapting to the threat with greater or lesser success. Although adaptation is often minor and occurs without our awareness, adaptation requires a major effort when stress is more severe or long-lasting. Ultimately, our attempts to overcome stress may produce biological and psychological responses that result in health problems (Boyce & Ellis, 2005; Dolbier, Smith, & Steinhardt, 2007)


Being stressed is a very personal thing. Although certain kinds of events, such as the death of a loved one or participation in military combat, are universally stressful, other situations may or may not be stressful to a specific person. Consider, for instance, bungee jumping. Some people would find jumping off a bridge while attached to a slender rubber tether extremely stressful. However, there are individuals who see such an activity as challenging and fun-filled. Whether bungee jumping is stressful depends, in part, then, on a person’s perception of the activity.

For people considering an event stressful, they must perceive it as threatening or challenging and must lack all the resources to deal with it effectively. The same event may at some times be stressful and at other times provoke a non-stressful reaction at all. A young man may experience stress when he is turned down for a date. If he attributes the refusal to his unattractiveness or unworthiness. But if he attributes it to some factor unrelated to his self-esteem.  Such as a previous commitment of the woman he asked. The experience of being refused may create no stress at all. Hence person’s interpretation of events plays an important role in the determination of what is stressful (Folkman & Moskowitz,2000; Giacobbi Jr., et al., 2004; Friborg et al., 2006).



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