Summary of the Perfect Amount of the Stress


of the Perfect Amount of the Stress

of the Perfect Amount of the Stress

Lifepresents different challenges which eave an individual in deepthoughts. It always seems hard to get out of these challenges. As aresult, stress sets in. stress is a part of everyone’s lifehowever, when it is repeated or chronic, it makes people physicallysick. Stress dries out the digestive system and dampens the immunesystem. As a result, it sets stage for the development of disorderslike ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition tothis, stress causes memory impairment and n extreme cases, itcultivates anxiety. Furthermore, stress can gnaw away at the end ofthe chromosomes leading to speeding up of the aging process(Singer, 2014).

Conversely,irrespective of the negative effects of stress, it is important inhuman life because it stimulates an individual keeping them engagedto the world. For example, personally, the stress caused by lackingneeds and wants has motivated me to look for a job. Through a job, Ihave achieved independence. When people are faced with challengingsituations, the brain is stimulated by the stimulus causing thesympathetic nervous system to communicate to the adrenal glands(Singer, 2014).The adrenalin glands respond by releasing the first stress hormoneknown as epinephrine commonly referred to as adrenaline. Epinephrineleads to the dilation of bronchial tubes in the lungs to create spacefor more oxygen. This stress hormone also charges the heart enablingit to pump more blood.

Anotherhormone involved in this process is norepinephrine which spurts fromthe endings of the nerves of the sympathetic system. This hormoneconstricts the veins leading to the heart so that the blood in themcan get into the heart chambers and exit faster. It also constrictsthe arteries leading to the skin to avert excessive bleeding in caseof an injury. The third stress hormone is cortisol which originatesfrom adrenal glands(Singer, 2014).It mobilizes the energy in the cells and keeps rations coming whenand individual is stressed. Therefore, stress causes changes thatmake the body to be ready for fight or flight.

Goodstress is experienced when an individual has control over thestressful event. For example, I have been stressed up by the need topass examinations. Nevertheless, a student has control over thesituation because one can read and prepare in advance. Therefore,even if the body responds to such events, subsequent to the end ofthe event the body will resume normalcy(Singer, 2014).Nonetheless, the duration of the stress matters. For example, if oneis stressed over a test and cannot sleep, they leave the amygdala onhigh alert. I have ever suffered a lot of stress due to poorpreparation. A few minutes into the test, I was still going throughreading materials, touching this then the other leading to increasein heart rates. This is not good stress but “threat” stress. Ifthis stress continues, it becomes chronic leading to toxic stresswhich eaves the person feeling out of control, helpless andoverwhelmed(Singer, 2014).

Therefore,when stressed, there is a line that should not be crossed to avoidgood stress from becoming a threat. Norepinephrine and epinephrineare the hormones that are initially involved. Cortisol later joinsthem. Cortisol has negative effects on memory when in excess(Singer, 2014).Therefore, when an individual commences losing their memory, theyshould know that they are crossing the line. The level of stressconsidered to be good is universal. Every individual has their ownlimits depending on genetic makeup and personal history.

Toavoid bad stress, one has to perceive the stressor positively byinterpreting the situation positively. An individual shouldreappraise their physiological responses. This will help one toassume control over the situation hence deal with it in a positiveway. Other strategies that can help include building social support,meditation, noting down attainable goals and engaging in a motivatingactivity(Singer, 2014).Personally, I share my stress with my friend with the goal of lookingfor solutions. I also take walks to think critically instead of beingirrational.


Singer,T. (2014, Feb 25). The Perfect Amount of Stress. PsychologyToday.Retrieved from