Stress is recognized as a disease in the 21st century, but why?

Melvin Brea 11-I

According to the American Institute of Stress, there are different definition of stress but these are most common ones; “Stress is a physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension” and, “Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize”

Women are more stressed than men

According to a social study made by Forth says that between the two sexes, women are more likely to be stressed than men. The female participants of the study admitted that, on average, they suffered from stress for three more days per month than males. Money is the most common cause of stress amongst this particular demographic, while men tend to cite work as the reason they feel under pressure.

There are more people suffering from stress

 According to “The Telegraph” The number of people treated at hospitals in England for stress has risen by seven percent in the year to May, there were 6,370 admissions, 410 more than the previous 12 months.

Workers, in particular, are under too much emotional and mental pressure, suggests the new data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Admission rates were highest among working-aged people aged 18 to 60, the Hscic said.

The Mental Health Foundation said that the rising figures were ”not surprising” at a time of economic uncertainty.

But how do you know if you’re stressed?

There are a couple of signs that make you recognize if you’re suffering from stress. Some include; Frequent headaches, acne, bowel problems, new habits such as hair twirling, nose picking, or thumb sucking, a change in sleep patterns, mood swings and changes in eating habits.

How you can reduce stress?

  1. Figure out where the stress is coming from:

Analyze why you’re actually feeling stressed about. Is it a specific project at work, an upcoming exam, a dispute with your boss, a dispute with your boss, a heap of laundry, a fight with your family?

  • Consider what you can control and work on that.

Maybe there are things you can’t control like your boss but they do are things you can control like how you react, how you spend your time, etc.

  • Do what you love

It’s easier to manage stress when the rest of your life is complete with the thing you like to do. Even if your job is stressful, you can find one hobby or two that enrich your world.

  • Manage your time well

One of the most common stressors is the lack of time, how often you wished for more hours in the day or heard others lament their lack of time? actually 24 hours is a lot of time if you managed it well.   

Childhood stress

Nowadays childhood stress is very common, there was a research done by Stress in America on behalf of the American Psychological Association(APA) showed that teens from 13 to 17 years old are feeling a similar amount of stress as adults do.

According to child psychologist  Breda Bryant, Ph.D., professor of human development at the University of California, stress itself is not a bad thing. you are not truly alive without stress, being challenged makes you learn new things and keeps your brain functioning. In all the major theories of learning, there is stress.

The problem begins when we start to have a big amount of stress, sometimes with too much stress kids get immobilized.

Why your child is stress?

  1. Faster Child development;

Today, kindergarteners average 25 minutes of homework a day, while first and second graders have three times the amount recommended by the National Education Association, according to a new study from Boston University School of Medicine. Another report from the University of Virginia found that time spent on early literacy in Kindergarten has increased by 25% since 1998, while time spent on art, music, and physical education has dropped dramatically.

  • Academic pressures and high-stakes testing.

By giving the test to the kids we give them an enormous amount of pressure says MArian Earls, MD, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician in North Carolina. 

  • Less time to relax

The National Association for the Education of Young Children reports that 7% of first-graders and 8% of third-graders never have recess. Since 2008, 20% of school systems have shortened recess time by an average of 50 minutes per week. Physical education has also been slashed. Most kids have PE twice a week or less.

  • Not enough  sleep

School pressures and the lure of social media whittle away at an all-important stress remedy: shut-eye. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about ⅓ of parents say homework and after-school activities get in the way of their child’s sleep, and nearly 3 in 4 children ages 6 to 17 have at least one electronic device in the bedroom, which can cut a night’s sleep down by almost an hour.

  • Family disruption

“Family issues like parental illness, deployment, or divorce can really stress out kids,” Earls says. The divorce rate has remained fairly stable over the past decade or so, with about 1.5 million children each year living through their parents’ divorce.

But few children of the 1980s and 1990s endured the anxiety of prolonged and frequent parental deployments. Today, more than 2 million American children have had a parent deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan, and studies show that children from military families of all ages have more stress and anxiety than other children do.

These are the most common reasons why your child could be stressed but they are a lot of them.



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