Stress has been a buzzword since the 1970s

A catchphrase since the 1970s and in the meantime perhaps one of the most commonly used everyday words. Stress describes a natural and evolutionary response to threatening situations. To escape danger, the human body releases stress hormones.

These increase the performance in the short term in order to be able to react by fighting or fleeing. In our society, struggle or flight are hardly adequate forms of behavior. Today’s man, however, lacks a valve to solve the tensions. The sick men, therefore, remain in the body and there is permanent tension.

In our latitudes, 63 are said to be at low burnout risk and 22 are already talking about an incipient burnout situation. The proportion of people who retired early due to mental illness alone has risen from 18.6 to 43 percent in the last 22 years. The question arises, how could a supposedly “successful concept” develop?

The stress concept

Originally used in material testing and meant bending and tension. The term then led to biology and at that time something quite similar was meant: a physical adaptation reaction to disturbing factors called “stressors”.

According to Selye, these have a uniform reaction pattern and have the following sequence: alarm response, the resistance phase, and exhaustion. This model is still valid but only describes physiological processes. The said theory does not yet take into account any
mental processes but serves as a basis for the conception of possible stress management programs. The stress was born.

Psychological stress response

For this purpose, a “stimulus” is absorbed by the environment. In doing so, the person evaluates the ingested stimuli and there is an
evaluation as well as on different stress responses and coping forms.

The perceived events are checked to see if they are relevant to personal well-being. If the result of one’s own assessment is stress-relevant, it is assessed whether the
available resources are sufficient to address the problem. It depends on the individual’s ability to cope and the ability to cope
with whether the problem is challenging or threatening. It should be noted, however, that everyday events are more relevant to health than critical life events. The stress response is always a response to stressful situations.

The organization of feelings and states of awareness …

Our body is the stage of our feelings and these can hardly be hidden in everyday life.

Our mood is shared about our bodies and every verbal and non-verbal encounter spreads an interpersonal mood. Depending on the state, the content of thought revolves around a topic and our environment is shaped by whether we
“pink” glasses or through “black” glasses.

This coloring gives our thinking a direction, meaning, and meaning. Excessive symptoms are always closely related to physical and psychological processes in social behavior. Stress receives the attention that we give to a problem. Simply put, hard to master in a particular situation.