The Holmes and Rahe rating scale was developed to measure the amount of (long-term and short-term) stress in an individual’s life. My results are as follows: 38 – major change in financial state; 36 – changing to a different line of work; 29 – major change in responsibilities at work; 26 – beginning or ceasing formal schooling; 25 – major change in living condition; 18 – major change in social activity; 16 – major change in sleeping habits. I got 188 points, which means that there is a 50% chance that I will experience a major health breakdown in the next several years. Only the major change in financial state and change in living condition are eustress’s; all other changes brought distress.
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The three healthy ways to deal with stress are engaging in an interesting activity, meditating, and resting. The first activity implies that I can draw, read my favorite book, or watch my favorite movie. Meditation is also helpful and can eliminate negative thoughts and memories. Resting helps the body defeat stress and its consequences (rapid heart rate, headaches, etc.). Unhealthy ways to deal with stress are overeating, engaging is arguments with loved ones, and overworking.
To defeat stress, people usually prefer fast food or sweets that can negatively affect health condition. Sometimes, when we are stressed, we argue with relatives and friends about something; although this can bring short relief, the relationships between us can worsen. At last, some believe that hard work can reduce stress, but it is not always true, as it can also lead to mental breakdowns. Psychological manifestations of stress include anxiety, depression, and isolation.
I had experienced anxiety when I was stressed and did not know how to handle it. Physiological manifestations include hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, and insomnia. I usually do not sleep very well prior to an important (negative or positive) event in my life. The treatments can include relaxation techniques, sedative medications, or change of habits.