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The stress effect

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Health

In several children the stress effect can be traced to physical abuse or emotional isolation in their early lives. Most of these children are unequipped to handle stress even when they become adults. They suffer from poor grades in school and are the usual victims of bullying. They become withdrawn and usually grow up into anxious, nervous and restless individuals. They also crack under extreme stress.

Even when they are working they tend to be disorganized and lopsided in work. They become easily flustered when they are given deadlines. They are unable to take decisions and socializing can be a problem sometimes.

Recent studies indicate that genes also play a major role in an individuals ability to battle stress. It has been found that children born to parents who are able to handle stress better are better equipped to handle stress in life. They also have a positive outlook, and do not succumb to pressures easily.  However, children of parents who crack under pressure find it difficult to cope with stress. Hormonal imbalance is yet another cause outlined by scientists for stress disorders.

Relationship problems, lack of understanding with parents and excess school load are the reasons for stress in adolescents. Excessive stress usually results in emotional outbursts and aggressiveness. Understanding and good communication skill between the parents and the child can solve a lot of the problems.

As a person grows the stress situations also change. Smaller problems are replaced by real time worries like financial problems, demanding work pressure, health related problems and emotional distress.  It has been observed that working women or working mothers are more prone to stress than their male counterparts. This is because they have to manage their home and office work together, giving them no time to relax or take a break.

Under pressure both men and women tend to fall into phases of depression and irritability. They are also vulnerable to health disorders like heart problems and stroke.  Often a divorce or a death in the family can heighten the stress effect.

The effect of stress depends upon its duration and intensity. The only way to reduce stress is to identify the cause. Once you have identified the root cause of stress you can then treat it with the help of counseling or by making an effort from your side.

Most clinics today have counselors to help you deal with stress. In fact many companies have employed counselors to ensure that no employee faces a burnout due to stress.

An important step is to prioritize tasks. Use a calendar or a diary to note down important appointments and assignments.  Remove those tasks that are not important or can be finished on a later date.  Finish the tasks according to their importance. Being organized can cut down your stress problems by 50 per cent.

Follow a healthy routine. If you are prone to stress then you should join yoga or meditation classes.  The exercises will calm your mind and relieve you of unnecessary stress. A positive outlook also helps in negating the stress effect.