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7 Kinds of Stress

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7 Kinds of Stress

By Elson Haas, MD

It seems like stress is just an unavoidable part of today’s fast-paced, competitive world. But is it really? Stress is the body’s instinctive response to external environmental cues, as well as to one’s inner thoughts and feelings. It is how you react to perceived danger — the “fight or flight” response, for example. But you do have some control over how stress operates in your life. Below, see the 7 different types of stress and read on for 9 methods for combating it.

  1. PHYSICAL: intense exertion, manual labor, lack of sleep, travel
  2. CHEMICAL: drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and environmental pollutants such as cleaning chemicals or pesticides
  3. MENTAL: perfectionism, worry, anxiety, long work hours
  4. EMOTIONAL: anger, guilt, loneliness, sadness, fear
  5. NUTRITIONAL: food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiency
  6. TRAUMATIC: injuries or burns, surgery, illness, infections, extreme temperatures
  7. PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL: troubled relationships, financial or career pressures, challenges with life goals, spiritual alignment and general state of happiness

Next: 9 Ways to Fight Stress

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10:50PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

10:04AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

thanks you helped me with my assignment

2:51PM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

I was just de-cluttering and found so many 'coping with stress' books I couldn't believe it. I remember the 'stress scale' where you are supposed to rate your stress level in terms of life events, and sometimes it seems you are in the midst of a super-challenge. Thanks for the tips.

10:36AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

That's me. I have different types of stress that I sometimes/often try to reduce with yoga and/or music, dance (Zumba) and other exercise.

2:07AM PDT on Mar 17, 2010

Thank you for the advices.

7:41AM PDT on Mar 16, 2010

I did not realise that there were so many types of stress.
It makes me feel very stressful!
Seriously, there are many things we can change in the way we live.
Very informative article!

1:45AM PDT on Mar 15, 2010


3:15PM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

Linda F. -Yes, indeed, they did! Environmental stress like noisy and/or hostile neighbours, for example. Or the steady drip, drip, drip of noise pollution everywhere. In the vast majority of shops and stores there is constant, loud music assaulting our ears. Everywhere on public transport there are selfish, younger people who have the volume on their iPod turned right up. And so on . . .

3:19AM PDT on Mar 14, 2010


10:38PM PST on Mar 13, 2010

I'm going to work on these a little at a time--Thanks!

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