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Unformatted text preview: Bismil​ ​1 Farishta​ ​Bismil Professor Health​ ​100 29​ ​September​ ​2017 Stress Stress​ ​is​ ​a​ ​problem​ ​that​ ​hardly​ ​anyone​ ​can​ ​get​ ​away​ ​from​ ​and​ ​it​ ​is​ ​present​ ​in​ ​everyone’s daily​ ​lives.​ ​The​ ​documentary,​ ​“Stress:​ ​The​ ​Portrait​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Killer”,​ ​essentially​ ​provides​ ​experiments and​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​everything​ ​we​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​class​ ​like​ ​the​ ​detrimental​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​stress​ ​and​ ​how to​ ​properly​ ​handle​ ​it.​ ​The​ ​film​ ​states​ ​that​ ​the​ ​main​ ​difference​ ​between​ ​animal​ ​and​ ​human​ ​stress​ ​is that​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​“stop”​ ​button​ ​for​ ​humans.​ ​Neurobiologist,​ ​Robert​ ​Sapolsky,​ ​humorously​ ​says​ ​that a​ ​zebra​ ​who​ ​is​ ​running​ ​for​ ​its​ ​life​ ​will​ ​never​ ​understand​ ​why​ ​humans​ ​would​ ​secrete​ ​the​ ​same hormones​ ​for​ ​doing​ ​something​ ​like​ ​public​ ​speaking.​ ​Although​ ​we​ ​are​ ​clearly​ ​not​ ​like​ ​animals​ ​in the​ ​way​ ​that​ ​we​ ​only​ ​experience​ ​stress​ ​when​ ​the​ ​matter​ ​is​ ​life​ ​or​ ​death,​ ​it’s​ ​unfortunate​ ​to​ ​realize how​ ​much​ ​we​ ​stress​ ​even​ ​when​ ​it​ ​is​ ​over​ ​something​ ​not​ ​important​ ​at​ ​all. The​ ​film​ ​talks​ ​about​ ​how​ ​people​ ​who​ ​not​ ​only​ ​multitask​ ​but​ ​those​ ​who​ ​do​ ​4​ ​or​ ​5​ ​things​ ​at a​ ​time​ ​are​ ​more​ ​praised​ ​and​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​to.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​victim​ ​of​ ​such​ ​thing​ ​because​ ​I​ ​love​ ​to​ ​kill​ ​two birds​ ​with​ ​one​ ​stone​ ​or​ ​in​ ​this​ ​case,​ ​more​ ​than​ ​two​ ​birds.​ ​The​ ​documentary​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​wants​ ​people to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​step​ ​back​ ​and​ ​relax​ ​but​ ​this​ ​course​ ​has​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​that​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​necessarily​ ​the​ ​stress​ ​that is​ ​harmful​ ​but​ ​more​ ​of​ ​how​ ​you​ ​look​ ​at​ ​it​ ​and​ ​make​ ​it​ ​out​ ​to​ ​be.​ ​I​ ​genuinely​ ​like​ ​the​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​stress I​ ​am​ ​under​ ​when​ ​I​ ​am​ ​juggling​ ​three​ ​things​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time​ ​and​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​think​ ​that​ ​is​ ​harmful​ ​to​ ​me whereas​ ​it​ ​could​ ​be​ ​very​ ​negative​ ​to​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​can​ ​only​ ​physically​ ​handle​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​at​ ​a Bismil​ ​2 time.​ ​This​ ​documentary​ ​also​ ​promotes​ ​a​ ​balanced​ ​life​ ​which​ ​is​ ​what​ ​I​ ​strive​ ​for.​ ​I​ ​could​ ​never live​ ​a​ ​life​ ​where,​ ​for​ ​example,​ ​all​ ​my​ ​time​ ​went​ ​to​ ​studying​ ​and​ ​no​ ​relaxing​ ​or​ ​if​ ​all​ ​my​ ​time went​ ​to​ ​partying​ ​and​ ​no​ ​studying.​ ​I​ ​think​ ​not​ ​having​ ​a​ ​balanced​ ​life​ ​is​ ​the​ ​easy​ ​way​ ​out.​ ​Anyone can​ ​just​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​all​ ​the​ ​time​ ​but​ ​the​ ​fun​ ​part​ ​is​ ​the​ ​challenge​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​a​ ​balanced​ ​life which​ ​includes​ ​academic,​ ​social,​ ​physical,​ ​emotional​ ​and​ ​other​ ​types​ ​of​ ​health. This​ ​film​ ​and​ ​class​ ​has​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​the​ ​stress​ ​that​ ​clearly​ ​impacts​ ​me​ ​negatively. Since​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​times​ ​where​ ​stress​ ​will​ ​be​ ​inevitable,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​to​ ​identify​ ​the​ ​negative stress​ ​that​ ​I​ ​have​ ​control​ ​over​ ​and​ ​to​ ​minimize​ ​it​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can.​ ​That​ ​being​ ​said,​ ​I​ ​have noticed​ ​that​ ​I​ ​strive​ ​for​ ​a​ ​balanced​ ​life​ ​and​ ​although​ ​I​ ​love​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​myself​ ​busy​ ​with​ ​multiple things​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time,​ ​I​ ​absolutely​ ​hate​ ​and​ ​breakdown​ ​when​ ​I​ ​am​ ​overloaded​ ​by​ ​one​ ​specific​ ​thing like​ ​an​ ​upcoming​ ​test.​ ​Now,​ ​I​ ​simply​ ​won’t​ ​let​ ​myself​ ​get​ ​to​ ​that​ ​point.​ ​I​ ​used​ ​to​ ​think​ ​there​ ​was no​ ​way​ ​around​ ​having​ ​to​ ​cram​ ​for​ ​a​ ​test​ ​but​ ​that​ ​is​ ​because​ ​I​ ​was​ ​using​ ​my​ ​time​ ​poorly.​ ​I​ ​would only​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​assignments​ ​that​ ​were​ ​due​ ​the​ ​specific​ ​week​ ​and​ ​not​ ​read​ ​and​ ​take​ ​notes​ ​on​ ​the subject​ ​and​ ​this​ ​led​ ​me​ ​to​ ​thinking​ ​I​ ​had​ ​so​ ​much​ ​free​ ​time​ ​on​ ​my​ ​hands​ ​to​ ​relax​ ​and​ ​watch television.​ ​Fortunately,​ ​films​ ​like​ ​“Stress:​ ​The​ ​Portrait​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Killer”​ ​and​ ​other​ ​tools​ ​offered​ ​by​ ​this class​ ​has​ ​changed​ ​my​ ​daily​ ​life​ ​in​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​way.​ ​I​ ​put​ ​a​ ​little​ ​more​ ​effort​ ​into​ ​taking​ ​notes​ ​and keeping​ ​up​ ​with​ ​my​ ​classes​ ​ ​as​ ​we​ ​go​ ​along​ ​Monday-Friday​ ​so​ ​I​ ​can​ ​freely​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​weekend​ ​to relax​ ​and​ ​hang​ ​out​ ​with​ ​friends.​ ​My​ ​old​ ​method​ ​also​ ​consisted​ ​of​ ​relaxing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​weekends​ ​but​ ​I always​ ​had​ ​a​ ​constant​ ​bubble​ ​of​ ​stress​ ​following​ ​me​ ​because​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​I​ ​did​ ​not​ ​do​ ​all​ ​that​ ​I​ ​could for​ ​my​ ​academics​ ​that​ ​week​ ​so​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​I​ ​was​ ​rewarding​ ​myself​ ​for​ ​nothing.​ ​Now​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​feel any​ ​lingering​ ​stress​ ​when​ ​I​ ​take​ ​breaks​ ​to​ ​relax​ ​and​ ​have​ ​fun​ ​because​ ​I​ ​am​ ​caught​ ​up​ ​with​ ​all​ ​my work! ...
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