Stress Overload

As mentioned earlier, stress can be positive as it can keep us prepared for exigencies. However, stress can be negative as well. Stress need not always arise from exigencies but may be slow and long term. Ongoing events like a child made to change school despite his unwillingness, or a person having to shifting to a new locality or going through a divorce; such situations invoke a lot of negative stress. When the nervous system is subjected to persistent low level stress like the ones mentioned, it has a detrimental effect on the body which often gives rise to stress related illness like hypertension, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure and so on. The illness slowly eats away our body and mind and leaves us sans happiness sans mirth and sans the desire to live.


Stress overload isn?t good for anyone. For example, getting tensed for a forthcoming test may motivate us to study hard. On the other hand, getting too stressed out would probably make us fail the test and also damage our system. We would not be able to concentrate because we would be overtly consumed by the tension.


When pressure is persistent and too intense, they should not be borne alone. Here are some situations that cause stress overload:

  • Exposed to a lot of violence or being subjected to dominance.
  • Problems at school or work relating to inability to learn or cope with pressure.
  • Hectic schedules which have no time for holiday vacation or even short breaks in order to relax.
  • Family problems, relationship turbulence or emotional problems with loved and dear ones.

Stress overload can lead to stress disorders which may wreck a person?s life entirely. Under stress overload, the person may be accustomed to panic attacks, irritable nature and may often resort to bad habits like alcohol, smoking or even drugs.