|Posted on November 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM|
Stress afflicts almost everyone yet what exactly the word "stress" means is not so clearly understood. "Tension" is perhaps its best synonym, while some other expressions such as pressure and strain are also used in lieu. In all these terms, conditions like anxiety, worry, fear or helplessness are axiomatically inherent. Its worst manifestation leads the sufferer to a state of total collapse or deep depression.
To define stress in precise scientific terms is difficult, as its perception varies from person to person. The main reason is the fact that both the cause and effect of stress are mixed up in trying to describe it. The unpleasant situation which causes stress, as also its outcome in the form of anxiety, are both referred to as stress.
The most fundamental genesis of stress lies in the state of failure to achieve what we want to get. We fail to accept the the basic fact that all desires may not always get satiated. The more the desires are allowed to run amok, the more stressful will our life be; there can be no doubt about this.
That stress is the inevitable result of our way of living today, is yet another misconception. Stress is definitely avoidable even today. However, it needs to be understood that it is not always the external causes which are responsible. The source of stress, more often than not, is internal. So, since I am mostly responsible for landing myself in a state of stress, I should also be able to protect myself from this undesirable state.