I walk out of class knowing I had just flunked the biggest exam of the year. Just as I try to pull myself together my phone rings, it’s my mom telling me that my rents overdue and I’ll have to pay the late fee. Thinking my day can’t get any worse, I walk outside to my car and spot a parking ticket on my windshield. At this point I start to break down. The pressures of the world feels like 1000 pounds on my shoulders, this is stress and this is what people go through every day.
There are many ways to deal with high levels of stress, some good and many bad. But one thing everyone should know is that everyone deals with some level of stress in their life and there are ways to handle and cope with your own personal issues. In this essay I will share with you the true definition of stress and what it is, ways stress affects someone’s everyday life, how I handle the stress of my life, and the healthy and unhealthy ways you can deal with your stress.
By definition stress is, a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. “Too much stress leads to chronically high levels of cortical, which can have immunosuppressive effects over time“ (“5 immune busters” 1). Everyone has different levels of stress throughout their day. It’s in our biological make up to feel stress so that we can better handle our problems effectively. This becomes unhealthy when we face too much stress for the amount of problems we have. Something that most people don’t understand is that no person goes stress free throughout life. Some people handle it better than others, but we all have our own stress no matter what we go through in life.
The average person deals with different levels of stress throughout their day. School, money and kids can cause someone’s stress levels to jump, just as sleeping, relaxing and being around loved ones cause levels to drop. Most people find a good balance in-between but everyone goes through these stretches in life where it feels like the worlds on your shoulders and you just want to breakdown, feeling this way affects how you act throughout the day and your relationships with the people around you. High levels of stress are harmful both physically and emotionally. Physically you feel drained of energy that not even sleep can help with. Stress impacts you emotionally because it controls everything you think about and the way you act. In some cases stress is directly related to depression which is a serious emotional disorder.
I know in my life as a full time student and a part time worker I face huge stress levels throughout the day. Living on my own gives me many responsibilities that I have to juggle with between work, my school work and financial problems. Worrying about the bills and passing classes can be a tall order for an eighteen year old fresh out of high school. This is how it is for many teenagers across the country who are making the transition from high school to college.