A situation or event that causes excess stress (a stressor) for one person may not cause it for another. For example, a move to a new neighborhood may be seen as a welcome change by one person, and as a threat by another. Major life events are stressors but so are chronic strains that last a long time, such as living on unemployment. Occasional strains such as caring for a sick child can be stressors. Sometimes the excessive stress isn’t because of one particular problem but the result of many small stressors.
Some factors that play a part in how a person responds to stressors are genetics, personality, attitude, age, previous experience in a situation and support from family and friends. How people feel and deal with stress is more important than the number or type of demands they face.
Stress is not just a problem for adults
Children and teens welcome some challenges as opportunities to grow; they can view other events as threats to themselves, their friends or family. They may worry about doing well in school, making friends, pleasing parents and resisting pressure from peers. If these stressors last too long or are too intense, they can cause health problems, just as they do in adults. Minor stressors can cause poor appetite and sleeplessness and affect school performance. Major events that change a child’s or teen’s life forever, such as the death of a family member, can have lifelong effects on both mental and physical health.
How to deal with stress
The first step is to know what causes you to feel overly stressed. The second step is to learn how to prevent or reduce the stress. We will cover the second step in the next sections; Canada pharmacy knows a few things that might help you identify what causes stress in your life.