Ten Things to Stop Doing If You Are Stressed.

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Stress is unavoidable. It comes in many different forms and affects every person differently. Depending on personality and outlook on life, a person’s response to “…stress can be a neutral, negative, or positive experience” (Stöppler). Most people don’t know the proper way to handle stress, so they wish that they could avoid it all together. However, once the proper way to cope with stress is learned, it can be a positive experience in everyone’s life.
The first step to handling stress is simply knowing why it is present. When there is a problem that is hard to handle, it is human nature to feel worried, confused, hopeless, or anxious (Martin). The causes of stress vary from person to person and can be both internal and external issues. Work, school, bad relationships, and death of loved ones are all major external causes, but they can also be as simple as a bad haircut or waking up late. On the other hand, lack of sleep, health problems, and high expectations are all causes of stress that are formed internally.
“Stress is simply a fact of nature -- forces from the inside or outside world affecting the individual” (Stöppler). When stressed, a person’s body releases hormones and chemicals that sets their mind to a “fight or flight” mode. Whether they choose to confront the problem or run away from it, depends greatly on their personality type.
Someone who is a perfectionist and has high expectations for themselves and others has a higher risk of becoming stressed than someone who is laid back. People with perfectionist personalities are rushed, ambitious, time-conscious and driven (DiscoveryHealth.com writers). Being such causes them to overreact and focus too much on the problem. People who are more laid back, however, usually ...

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