Everyone in the world all have something in common, “it is a natural byproduct of all our activities” caused by many activities that are performed whether that be end of year exam or closing minutes of championship game. It affects overall performance due to the changes in the body, commonly known as stress. Stress is the body’s reaction to any changes that requires a response. Stress can be positive, keeping us tentative, more motivated to practice or gain a competitive edge, contrastingly too much stress, for example when a person is overworked, can cause performance anxiety which can hurt overall health and arousal and doesn’t allow athletes to play at peak performance. This analysis specifically focuses on how certain techniques allow basket-ballers increased arousal in their sport.
Whether it is during the tense moments of a championship game or amidst that dreaded History exam, anxiety affects our performance via changes in the body, which can be identified by certain indicators. One misconception though with performing under pressure is that stress always has a negative connotation. Many times, "the stress of competition may cause a negative anxiety in one performer but positive excitement in another" (3). That is why one frequently hears how elite players' thrive under pressure, when most others would crumble. PHYSIOLOGY OF STRESS Stress is an integral part of our lives.
However, chronic stress is not healthy. Stress causes many different physiological effects on the body that with long term effects can be extremely bad on ones health. What parts of the body are involved in the stress response? Stress is mainly the function of the nervous system and endocrine system. Once the body perceives the stressor, it stimulates the nervous and endocrine systems.
Pressure turns into stress when individuals feel they are unable to cope with the situation. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be a positive challenge to someone else. Many of life’s demands can cause stress such as work, relationships and financial issues. When individuals feel stressed, it can obstruct them from dealing with demands, or can affect everything an individual does (Choices, 2016d). Stress can have a big impact both emotionally and physically.
Part A: Defining Stress 1. What is Stress? Stress is how the body, specifically the nervous system, reacts to mental pressure. The person may feel under pressure, overloaded, overwhelmed, strained or anxious about certain tasks or events. Stress can be a good thing where it can motivate the person to reach their full potential but stress can also be a bad thing as it can damage a person’s health.
Athletes aim to succeed so much that they are pressured to handle the stress from managers, fans, and owners, not to mention the immense competition. Athletes also have to integrate their social lives with work. For one, they have to worry about being traded to a different team in another state, and
Fear is an emotion that expresses from a person to be afraid and worried of something or someone. It can lead to an impact on someone’s life and the emotion has the ability to control of how a person behaves. Fear can affect a person by their decisions, communication, productivity, and physical abilities. Fear has the ability to control a person’s decision by the consequences and how it will effect in the future. The fear of decision, or decidophobia, can be a sign of depression by having a thought of making the wrong choices and suffering the consequences.
A balance of hope and fear is a very important thing to maintain. If there is too much of one and not enough of the other, it can lead to a disappointing life. If a human has too much hope, it can lead to a life of disappointment when things don’t pan out the right way. In the article “Hope and Mental Health” Schafer states that the Imbalanced Hope Theory can frustrate people who are unsure how to attain their goals. (Schafer) You may strive to achieve big goals, but when they are unattainable, they can be disappointed and give up on these aspirations and dreams.
These sufferers may need specialized treatment to overcome their phobias. Causes of phobias include traumatic experiences, panic attacks, adapting it from other peoples actions. But the effects of phobias can change a person’s life forever. The effects of phobias on a person include being more afraid than normal, stress, embarrassment, and helplessness. The main effects of a phobia include being more afraid than most people of being around an object, being in a situation, or doing an activity.
Anxiety can be an extreme motivator, or the complete opposite, depending on how a person reacts to the feeling. Overall, anxiety is a complex emotion that, in extremes, can disrupt a person’s daily life, or more commonly, make a person feel upset