psychological stress and its consequences

Mental stress and its consequences

When the term stress is mentioned, most people tend to associate negative feelings such as frustration and tension, but a brief increase in stress does not always have to be harmful. There are different types of stress, each with their own characteristics and symptoms. Find out what types of stress there are and how you can recognize the responsible triggers in everyday life.

What is psychological stress?

As a short-term reaction, stress is a completely natural behavior of the human body. Contrary to popular belief, stress does not always mean a negative burden for the body system - on the contrary: positive stress, the so-called Eustress, leads to increased performance and motivation. Negative Distress on the other hand, has the opposite effect and promotes physical and emotional tension.


Positive stress increases an organism's readiness for maximum efficiencywithout harming it in the process. The functionality of the body is thus increased to the optimum. Increased motivation usually also goes with the positive eustress and can even provide the body with pleasant moments of happiness such as "positive intoxication".


Negative stress always makes itself at Overstrain or overload noticeable. The problem is that our body system cannot react to this demand. In contrast to eustress, every person must then actively intervene with stress management measures in order to keep the extent of the negative stress as low as possible. Negative stress can also be divided into episodic-acute and chronic stress.

Episodic-acute stress

Due to the fast pace of our modern society, episodic-acute stress occurs in children and is already harmful. The body gets not enough peace any moreto recover from the previous tension. People in episodic-acute stress are perpetually in a hurry and feel rushed. Even when one task is done, the next problem has to be dealt with and even their own free time is perceived as stress - which actually already shows the contradiction in itself.

Chronic stress

The most dangerous form of stress is chronic stress. If negative stresses become a permanent conditionprofessional treatment is usually essential. Chronic stress can cause the weaken the immune system and cause cells to age prematurely. In addition, those affected risk a creeping Burnout. The sufferers are no longer able to find their own solution to the problem and feel at the mercy of the situation. Many people become accustomed to stressful situations and no longer perceive the stress. The physical and emotional health of those affected deteriorates increasingly.

Stress in everyday life - the result of constant excessive demands

Faster, longer, further and at the same time fitter, more attractive: The ClaimsThe demands we make on ourselves or those imposed on us by our environment are often far too high. The Print in the private and professional spheres is rising inexorably. On the other hand, performance and effort promote our development and satisfaction. At this point, it's all about finding the right balance.

Whether a Stress factor The question of whether a task is actually regarded as such by you and ultimately triggers stress depends first and foremost on your own feelings. If you feel up to the task and can approach it with a good feeling, you will grow from the challenge and experience the stress as an opportunity. However, if you feel overwhelmed by the very thought of the problem, your body system will Stressors that have a negative effect. Whether at work, in leisure time, at school or at university: stress is always negative when

  • he is not adequately reducedsuch as through sports or relaxation exercises.
  • the own feeling prevails, the Task not up to being
  • too many stressors occur all at once or persist permanently

What are symptoms of stress?

The most important signals to identify stress:

Indications of physical stress

Evidence of emotional stress

  • Blackouts
  • increasing power reduction
  • Thinking and writing blocks
  • poor concentration
  • aggressive or depressive behaviour
  • ongoing nervousness

At persistent discomfort and stressIf the patient is no longer able to cope with the condition himself, a doctor should always be consulted.


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How do I avoid stress?

To prevent episodic-acute stress from developing into a chronic condition, you should always have a Compensation create. Such as through: