In the language of physics, stress is a term used by engineers to describe both the external force applied to a material and the internal strength required to resist the pressure. These combined stresses will cause the material to change size and shape. For example, a metal like iron will have a yield point at which outside pressure increases the density of the metal, making it stronger. But when the strain exceeds its load bearing capacity, a failure point is reached and the metal breaks. When a blacksmith heats and hammers a horseshoe, he not only shapes the metal but also increases its strength.
- Stress is external pressure that causes physical, mental or emotional strain: “A large truck puts a lot of stress on the old wooden bridge.”
- Stress is internal resistance in response to outside pressure: “The stress in my lower back was brought on by lifting heavy boxes.”
- Stress is negative pressure that results in distress, danger or destruction: “The stress from many harsh winters destroyed the fruit trees in our backyard.”
- Stress is positive pressure that results in motivation and movement: “The stress of having to support a family caused the father to seek a better job.”
Here are a few articles on Stress Management:
- Using Scripture to Dealing with Stress
- Spiritual Implications of Stress
- Four Stages of Stress
- The Causes of Stress
- Signposts Regarding Stress
[print_link] [email_link] Hunt, J. (2008). Biblical Counseling Keys on Stress Management: Beating Burnout Before It Beats You (1–3). Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart.