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Stress is the reaction of one’s body to changes, including environmental or psychological changes, as one adjusts himself or herself to the continual changing environment. Nowadays, living with stress is unavoidable, especially in this world where societal changes and pressures are becoming more apparent. From a biological point of view, a little bit of stress can be useful as a motivational force which helps one’s body recognize changes, but in the long run, chronic stress can be a hostile force that can deteriorate one’s physical and mental health; thus, stress is a harmful force that should be reduced and managed correctly in people’s lives. First, when someone is overly exposed to chronic stress, his or her mental health is going to be negatively affected. Deadlines, being on time, producing quotas, generating company profit, and meeting the demands of family, colleagues, and administration are factors that propel prolonged stress. Eventually, prolonged stress contributes to the collapse of the immune system which leads to the failure of thinking and acting logically (Piotrowski). From there, the brain is undermined by the constant state of tension and anxiety, trapping itself in depression. These feelings can feed on each other and can themselves produce physical symptoms, exacerbating the situation. Extreme anxiety can cause giddiness, heart palpitations, headaches or stomach disorders. This cyclic pattern will continue to occur as long as prolonged stress is present. Emotional effects of stress can vary from becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody to feeling bad about oneself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless and depressed. For example, living in the modern world forces one to participate in “competitions” of i... ... middle of paper ... ... should not let stress conquer his or her personal mind, because one always has the control over how to respond to stress either physically or mentally. Physical activity plays a vital role in reducing one’s stress. Yoga is an example, where the body relaxation response is activated to fight off stress. Works Cited Blonna, Richard. "Stress Less, Live More : How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Can Help You Live a Busy Yet Balanced Life." N.p., 2010. Web. 14 May 2014. . Piotrowski, Nancy A. "Stress." N.p., Sept. 2013. Web. 14 May 2014. .

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