Stress is a part of everyday life (Weiten, 2001).
We experience stress each day or maybe each event, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. Without stress life would be dull. It’s very interesting to know that if there were no tension or stress then we would not do any work or would not achieve the desired happiness in life. Just think of it for a moment!
But the fact is, we must learn to cope with all forms of stress to prevent it affecting our psychological and physical health (Weiten, 2001).
Kohn, Lafreniere & Gurevich (as cited in Weiten, 2001) found that routine daily hassles can have a significant effect on our mental health.
But it is good that minor hassles alone may not be stressful, many hassles may build up and overwhelm an individual, causing stress. Changes in life, positive or negative, require adjustment. During this time of adjustment, one may be more vulnerable to stress.
Getting a good night sleep and Exercise are also very important to coping with stress. Exercise provides an opportunity to release frustrations and increases resistance to stress, while sleep deprivation decreases it. When deprived of sleep, one might under-perform on cognitive tasks, which itself may increase stress levels (Weiten, 2001).
Work stress is another important factor that has been the subject of much research. Weiten (2001) noted that "pressure has turned out to be more strongly related to measures of mental health than the SSRS" (p. 534), a measure of life change. A heavy workload, a hectic work schedule, a poor work environment, and low job security are all factors that can cause stress at work (Weiten, 2001).
When one spends longer hours exposed to these factors, stress levels may become greater. And may hamper the Psychological or even physical health.
The Effects of Daily Life on Stress Levels
by Chad Clippingdale & Shannon Birk
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