Daily Life

“People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their perception of a thing.” — Epictetus


Stress: There has been no definition of stress that everyone accepts. Therefore, it’s difficult to measure stress if there is no agreement on what the definition of stress should be.

People have very different ideas with respect to their definition of stress. Probably the most common is, “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension”. Another popular definition of stress is, “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”  

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Acute Stress: Fight or flight.  The body prepares to defend itself.  It takes about 90 minutes for the metabolism to return to normal when the response is over.

Chronic Stress: The cost of daily living: bills, kids, jobs…This is the stress we tend to ignore or push down.  Left uncontrolled this stress affects your health- your body and your immune system.

Eustress: Stress in daily life that has positive connotations such as:
Winning Money
New Friends

Distress: Stress in daily life that has negative connotations such as:
Negative feelings
Financial Problems
Work Difficulties

2014 Stress Statistics

General Stress Response


Physiology of the Stress Response


The following list of topic links are historically of great interest to guests of AIS.

Financial Stress Coping Guide for Seniors

Is there proof of a connection between stress and cancer- or anything else?

Stress and Heart Diesease

The Disease of Civilization

Stress and Hypertension

Anitdepressants/ Depression

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation for Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia –The full article was originally published by published The Psychiatric Clinics and is posted here with permission. Visit  www.psych.theclinics.com.