How does stress management affect our wellness??

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Stress management is the art and science of minimizing the harmful effects of stress and maximizing their beneficial effects.  Since stress is part of everyone's life, it needs to be managed like any other aspect of life.  Stress management, to some degree, is a question of not allowing stress to change one's healthy habits.  For example, a person under stress might eat poorly, sleep less, and feel unable to exercise.  Doing any or all of those will does not promote wellness at all.  For example, not sleeping 7 1/2 hours nightly can affect one's insulin production and lead to diabetes and also affect one's proper brain functioning.  There is some evidence that stress can weaken our immune systems.  And certainly, not exercising or eating properly is bad for us in innumerable ways.   This is why people speak of managing stress, so it doesn't manage them and result in physical and mental consequences that are not good.  Stress can, of course, be good for us, in that it can send hormones through our bodies and brains that help us to the things we need to do and that help save us if we are in danger.  However, some people seem to become a little addicted to that feeling, and their stress is managing them, giving them more of those hormones than they need, and harming their bodies and their brains.  Since stress is a part of life, its management is a necessity for physical and mental well-being. 


ashleyhunt16 | Student

If someone is always stressed out they tend to have side affects that will effect their daily lives . It is important that you have the right amount of stress and the right amount of happiness . There is healthy stress and unhealthy stress . The unhealthy stress effects your wellness by sometimes causing people to become ill or enter into a depression or traumatic state . The healthy stress is the kind of stress that most teenagers get when in school , they stress for tests and about marks . Teens may also have the unhealthy stress if they are unsupported by their parent or gaurdian . Then they begin to worry about money , food , basic needs and school . This all leads to a downward spiral leading to suicide or drug abuse . Stress has alot to do with wellness .