Most people experience stress in their everyday lives, at work or even at home. Many South Africans suffer from high stress levels.
Stress can be defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense. The “stress” term was first coined in a biological context in the 1930s. It basically refers to the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Stress symptoms commonly include a state of alarm and adrenaline production, short-term resistance as a coping mechanism, and exhaustion, as well as irritability, muscular tension, inability to concentrate and a variety of physiological reactions such as headache and elevated heart rate.
Here is a very quick test to determine your stress level. Read the following description completely before looking at the picture below.
The picture below was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary’s Hospital. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study revealed that, in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences between the two dolphins. The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, the more stress that person is experiencing.
Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences, you may want to take a vacation or at least get a massage.
How did you do? Do you need a vacation?! Hope you’ve had a good laugh! On a serious note, laughter is a great way to reduce stress and boost immune function. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, call a friend who makes you chuckle or head off for a comedy club. You’ll feel better for it!
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