All in all, although there are many factors around us today which lead to stress, we can take steps to reduce it.
Given that the strains we face in modern society will likely get worse, ignoring it is not an option for many people.
More than half of Americans say they fight with friends and loved ones because of stress, and more than 70% say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it. Your nervous system springs into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or take off.
Read on to learn why you get stressed out, and how that stress might be affecting your health. It's called the "fight or flight" response, and it's why, when you're in a stressful situation, you may notice that your heartbeat speeds up, your breathing gets faster, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat.
Firstly, there are issues of terrorism that we are constantly confronted with in the media.
Whether these are real or not, we are led to believe our lives are in constant danger, be it flying on a plane or travelling on public transport.
Redundancy is one of the results of economic rationalism which cause companies to downsize, resulting in jobs being under threat. Having a good family life is very important to most people.
Thus, all employees in a shrinking company have to perform better in order to keep the job. They hope that they can enjoy a wonderful time with their family.
There are also more health issues to be concerned about than in the past, with rises in alzheimer’s, diabetes, and stroke to name but a few. Tackling such problems will not be easy, but there are measures that can be taken.
Governments and the media could play their part by ensuring that instead of persistently bombarding us with such negative images and information about the world in which we live, we are given more positive stories too.