Double Edged Sword

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Peter Jo

Stress is part of our lives. We live with it, deal with it, and above all worry about it. Our way of life, the area in which we live, the economy, and our jobs can cause a great deal of stress. Not everyone deals with the same level of stress and there are several factors that can impact our lives and cause us to have higher or lower stress levels. We can have stress caused by cataclysmic events which are events that can affect many people at the same time and are disasters such as tornado and plane crashes. Other factors are personal stressors and can be caused by events such as a divorce, death or a loved one or the loss of a job. Stress is the body's way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. Stress can be beneficial to our lives because it can help motivate us to do daily tasks more efficiently. For example, if a student has an overwhelming amount of homework to do then the stress that develops from this can motivate that student to complete his/her homework more productively. In fact, it can also help boost our memory and can fortify our immune system. Stress is also a vital warning system, producing the flight or fight response. A small amount of stress can increase our concentration levels, so this allows us to be more productive. When we compare ourselves with people living in smaller cities, villages, other areas of the country or even other countries, or those whose socio economic status allows them to maintain their life style during difficult economic times we could probably see a difference in the stress level. Who has not stressed over the evening news or the possibility of not having a job in very difficult economic times? Who does not stress over a situation at work over which we have no control? These are stressors we live with and deal with on a…...

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