Stress Overload - 過剰なストレス -


Life’s common stressors are hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. In small doses, tensions before an important job presentation, test, interview, or sporting event, may give the extra energy to perform well.  But constant worry in the workplace, school, or family may actually drain energy. When persistently running in emergency mode, the mind and body pay the price.

Reducing the detrimental effect of stress is not easy.  Positive stories or preferred sound can brighten a mood. Regular exercise raises endorphin level that energizes. Sleeping enough helps recuperate the body. Eating properly gives good outlook on life. Unfortunately, many people cope with stress in ways that only worsen such as binge drinking to unwind, filling up on comfort food, zoning out on TV or computer for hours, using pills to relax, or relieving stress by lashing out at other people.

In a study carried out at Pennsylvania State University, the investigators found that stress was not the problem, but rather how we react to stressors.  A morning traffic commute can be tensed to a late employee but a relaxing trip to one who has enough driving time or enjoys listening to music.

Everyone has a unique response to stress. There is no “one size fits all” solution to dealing with it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation.  Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.

Think about it

  1. How do people manage stress?
  2. What have researchers found out about stress and stressors? 
  3. What drains your energy?


  Important words and phrases
Nouns hassle / dose
Verbs drain / recuperate
Adjectives persistent/ detrimental

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