Why is Stress Harmful?

Hello there,

This would be a sequel to my previous post on How to Deal with Teen Stress? 

The term stress has always been used by many these days. What is the exact definition of stress? Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances (definition by Google). Hence, we could take note that stress occurs when we are under pressure and our mental state will be at an elevated level. If you think about it, stress could also be an advantage to us if utilized properly. Under stress, the body becomes alert and more energetic. Correct? Just give it a little thought and you’ll realize that at times when you were under stress, your heart beat increases, and you tend to be more focused on the challenges that you’re facing.

Imagine channeling all the stress that you’ve built up in a positive manner? Won’t it be beneficial to us? How, you may ask? I shall state three scenarios as examples:

  1. You’ll be spending more time preparing for your exams instead of watching your favorite TV serials due to the stress buildup
  2. You’ll be more focused in preparing your presentation that you’ll be presenting for your project (you will be able to grasp all those minute details: typos, unattractive background, and images) .
  3. You will be giving your level best and be focused in a game that you’re aiming very much to win.

HOWEVER, let’s just categorize all the ones stated above as good stress. 

Wait…what? There’s something called good stress? Well, yes…There’s also something called as bad stress….

This happens when stress gets beyond a certain point whereby your emotions gets so hyped up you lose focus on LITERALLY EVERYTHING!! EXCEPT the challenge that you’re facing at that particular moment.

There’s one thing that we should know about our brain…..The brain cannot distinguish between the different types of “threats” available. Although, we clearly know that the stress we face is emotional, the brain will only treat it as a “fight or flight” situation. (theory of evolution). In other words, the brain will prepare the body to defend the threat physically. As a result, we will be at a heightened stress level WAAYY!! beyond the actual situation. Imagine you’re under constant stress , your heart beat will be on rise at all times and you’ll be facing major health issues. I have listed down some of  the major health issues that you may possibly face due to stress below:

  1. Sleep problems
  2. Obesity issues
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety
  5. Lack of memory
  6. Heart issues

Based on my previous article, I have already mentioned that, these days teens are facing more stress than the adults out there and it will be no surprise if some of them are already experiencing chronic health issues like the ones stated above.

Again, I would like to recommend a few products by Heart Math that would help curb all types of stress. These are not only for teens but also suitable for people of all stages of life.



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Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart

Heart Intelligence provides breakthrough research linking the physical heart to the spiritual (energetic) heart. This book provides simple techniques for accessing our heart’s intuitive intelligence for moment-to-moment guidance and discernment.

This book has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 62 customer reviews

Transforming Stress for Teens

The HeartMath Solution for Staying Cool Under Pressure.

This book has obtained a rating of 5 out of 5 from 11 customer reviews

Transforming Stress

Through its interactive learning system, the Transforming Stress book teaches readers to use the HeartMath method, enabling them to see and experience in real time how thoughts and emotions affect their heart rhythms.

This book has a rating of 4 out of 5 from 35 customer reviews

The College De-Stress Handbook

The College DeStress Handbook can teach you what you can control and how to maintain ease and flow. Based on the Institute of HeartMath’s more than 20 years of stress and emotion self-regulation research, this handbook, highly touted by psychologists, professors and other educators, can help serious students recognize their stressors and how to stop them in the moment.

This book has got a 5 out of 5 rating from 6 customer reviews

Transforming Anxiety 

The HeartMath solution for addressing anxiety differs in important ways from the usual interventions for anxiety. The HeartMath solution is based on new research on how the heart and brain communicate and how people can harness the power of their physiology to regulate their own emotions to expand intuitive perception.

This book has a 4 out of 5 ratings from 33 customer reviews

Transforming Depression

The HeartMath Solution to Feeling Overwhelmed

This book has a 5 out of 5 ratings based on 11 customer reviews

Hopefully, the recommended books will be able to help you out. Do give it a try and let me know in the comments section.

To your success,

Dr. Veena

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