Stress: good or bad?

You can often hear that our time is a time of stress. To some extent this is true, but still it should be noted that a hundred, and two hundred, and three hundred years ago there were no less stresses in people's lives, if not more; it’s just that at that time, doctors did not yet know about the effect of stressful situations on human health, they did not even know the very concept of stress, which appeared already in our century thanks to the Canadian doctor and physiologist Hans Selye.

The notion that stress is always bad is wrong. Stress can benefit a person: it increases the level of adrenaline in the blood, which means it "sharpens attention, hearing, vision – all the perceptual processes that connect us with the outside world, keep us in a state of" combat readiness ", – says Arlington psychology professor University Dr. James Campbell Quick.

Lack of stress leads to boredom, prolonged and severe stress causes fatigue, irritability and muscle tension. It is known that if a person is placed, for example, in a sound chamber, if comfortable conditions are created for him, but he is deprived of all kinds of emotions, then he will go crazy from the so-called “sensory hunger”. Passions, emotions, worries, a person still needs.

Stress: good or bad?

Freed from daily worries and stresses, people suffer from mental problems and are prone to aggression, melancholy and even illness. This was shown by research at the University of Innsbruck. Psychologists suggest that most vacationers suffer from excessive "mental stress" caused by the new environment, disrupted daily routines and a foreign language. In this regard, they give advice: do not change places for holidays so often.

At the annual conference of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Birmingham, Professor Phil Evans of the University of Westminster in London made the following statement: “A short period of hard work, computer games and the mini-stresses it causes do not depress, but “tonify” the human immune system, which has a generally favorable effect on his physical condition.

According to the professor, in the course of his research, he found that the number of active antibodies in the human body, signaling the state of the immune system, increases, for example, after a session of a complex computer game, which is known as "Dum" ("Fate"). Hard work that had to be completed on time, such as moving into a new apartment, has a similar impact.

Stress: good or bad?

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Professor Evans noted: “We are well equipped to cope with short-term psychological stress, provided that we control the situation. Blood pressure in these cases rises, but the immune system reacts positively.” Previous studies have shown that some students get sick more often during the sessions, but directly during the exam, their immune system begins to act more actively, the scientist claims. However, Evans noted that in this case, the old saying “Everything is good in moderation” is appropriate, and one should not think that, say, for children, endless games on the computer can be considered a panacea for all ills. “After an hour of such a game, the immune system returns to normal,” the scientist noted. The fact is that chronic long-term stress can have a completely different effect, depressing the immune system.

Hans Selye, who formulated the concept of stress, said: "Stress is life." Our life is impossible without joys and sorrows. And if the emotional tension completely disappears, it will mean that human existence is over.

Stress: good or bad?

Scientists believe that a person cannot live without negative emotions, as well as without positive ones. It's only bad when the negative ones prevail. Ideally, it is desirable to be able to manage your feelings.

And you can understand how sensitive and prone to the negative effects of stress you are by sincerely answering the test questions "How sensitive are you to stress?".