What is the opposite of relaxation?

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Noun
Opposite of recreation or rest, especially after a period of work
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Opposite of the action of making a rule or restriction less strict
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Opposite of the state of being free from tension and anxiety
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Opposite of the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract
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Opposite of an instance or period of rest or relaxation
“The pain was so severe that I was not able to engage in any activity for a while.”
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Opposite of enjoyment gained engaging in recreational activities
“I always tell people that show business is my hobby and the animals are my work.”
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Opposite of the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent
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Opposite of a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
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Opposite of freedom from worries or problems
“Not that the life of the monk is meant to be miserable but it is nevertheless a life of hardship and deprivation in which one must find his peace.”
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Opposite of exemption from a rule or usual requirement
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Opposite of an activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or sporting one
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Opposite of a break from work
“The weekend is over, and it's now time to get back to work.”
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Opposite of freedom from disturbance
“The busy city was a hive of activity.”
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Opposite of easing of intensity of the symptoms of a disease
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Opposite of the act or state of alleviating or providing relief
“Experience suggests that exacerbation of symptoms may result from overambitious or overhasty attempts at exercise.”
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Opposite of a state of deriving, or a source that provides, gratification or enjoyment
“He twiddled his thumbs, not of want or desire, but out of sheer boredom.”
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Opposite of something interesting or enjoyable that provides a short respite from a tense or tedious situation
“Ann's husband was never willing to confront the moment when seriousness should hold sway.”
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Opposite of a form of temporary distraction
“In its early years, radio was still a personal medium that was listened to alone with the headphones on, allowing for the immersion of oneself in another world.”
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Opposite of the property of being licentious
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Opposite of the condition of being informal
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Opposite of a feeling of intense happiness
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Opposite of an inclination to escape from routine or reality into fantasy
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Opposite of a pause
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