Nowadays, we hear about stress quite often and it surely plays an important role also in the lives of who is living abroad,

or is about to move. The reasons are manifold and they range from the vast number of things to organize in the

run-up to the departure, to the concern one lives regarding the moment of separation from home.

Adding up to the aforementioned pre-departure aspects, there subsequently are the cultural shock, characteristic of the

first months, and the difficulties related to the integration of one's own culture with the one of the host country.

Nevertheless, identifying a state of stress is not that simple, since every individual has very different reactions and abilities to cope with this condition. Somebody can withstand even major loads of pressure, while other ones can experience hardship long before that; some people show physical symptoms, like aches or pains, whereas other people suffer from stress at a more emotional level, to the point of showing anxious or depressive symptoms.

In its positive form (eustress) stress is temporary and functional to the activation of one's resources in order to face an obstacle. In fact, when it is eustress, once one solves the problem, he can go back to a condition which enables him

to recover energies, lucidity and strength to deal with a new critical moment. However, when the organism is already

in difficulty, the activated mechanisms can leave the individual in a chronic state of alarm and tension

(pathological stress or distress).

Pathological stress affects multiple systems of the human body, including the heart, brain, immune system, muscles, lungs, stomach, skin, and reproductive organs; as well as negatively influencing human thought, actions and feelings. It is therefore crucial to intervene promptly, in order to reduce the impact of such a condition on the organism, eliminate the symptoms and promote the recovery of a state of well-being.

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