Stress Management: 16.06 Is Stress Always Bad?

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CHAPTER 16
STRESS MANAGEMENT
16.01 Stress and adolescence
Stress is ubiquitous. The only human who does not have stress is a dead person. We experience stress in all daily life situations, though the degree might vary. However, certain periods of life could be more stressful than the others. Adolescence is one of those periods. During adolescence a significant physical and psychological changes occur, furthermore the expectations on the adolescent by the parents, teachers, friends, society etc. could be quite high. Added to this they have to face certain important examinations during this period. They may get involved in relationships and may face issues due to conflicts with the partner/disapproving adults. All these and other numerous factors
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Adverse social outcomes of chronic stress
• Effectiveness at education/work and social life decreases
• Increase in personal problems
• Impaired judgment
• Impact on all aspects of life

16.06 Is stress always bad?
Stress is not always bad. What matters is the way one deals with stress because it leads to positive or negative outcomes. Depending on the way we deal with stress reaction and outcome to same stress will be different in different individuals.
Stress can have positive effects too. According to Hans Selye, the endocrinologist who did pioneering work on stress response, not all stress is bad, it can be viewed as ‘stimulation to growth and development, it is challenge and variety, it is the spice of life’.
Eustress / Positive stress
This occurs when the level of stress is enough to motivate someone to move into action in order to get things accomplished. Eustress (positive stress) increases the efficiency

Distress / negative stress
• This occurs when the level of stress is either too low or too high. Here the body and/or mind starts to respond negatively. Distress (too little or too much stress) decreases the

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