Introduction To Stress
It is how people respond to stress that determine whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Psychologist and Author of Flow)
Most of us have experienced stress in one way or another and let’s face it, living in a modern world there are plenty of reasons to feel stressed out.
Not all stress is created equal!
Some stress is actually good for you in small quantities and is a normal part of life. The other stress however is definitely not so good and can be very harmful to you. So let us look at the 2 different types of stress:
Eustress – This is the positive stress which shows up as heightened excitement and can lead to greater motivation, focused energy and an overall improvement on your performance.
Life it seems is becoming more and more demanding and the more you try to meet these demands, the greater they become. The bills get bigger, while the wages get smaller. Family problems, work related problems, getting stuck in traffic, the annoying in-laws, noisy neighbours, and darn, my course work needs to be done by Friday! These are all situations that can lead to stress.
The issue of stress is not that it exists in situations like these but much more importantly, how you cope as an individual when this type of situation arises.
At Sharing Self-Improvement we will further exam what stress is and discuss its effect on your life.
When we look at stress there are 3 elements that we can identify in relation to it.
Firstly there is the role the environment plays as a stimulus or a stressor which plays out as the event we perceive as stressful. This may be a life changing catastrophic event or some other type of chronic circumstance.
The human body response to stress by activating the autonomic nervous system and specific hormones. The brain’s hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to increase the blood sugar level which produces more of the hormone cortisol and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) into the blood stream.
These hormones speed up heart and breathing rate, blood pressure and metabolism.
During this process blood vessels dilate to enable more blood to flow to large muscle groups. At this stage your body is in high alert or a state of flight or flight.
There then follows your response to this stressful event (or stimulus) which is the ‘strain’. This is merely the amount of stress you feel from the situation or environment.
Finally, given the environment and your response to this particular stressful situation, there is a process that follows which is your interaction between the two. That is, your cognitive, behavioural and emotional response to the situation.
So in summary, stress takes account the:
Response (strain, the amount of stress experienced)
Process (your response to it)
Throughout my life I have experienced many stressful situations and at times felt totally overwhelmed. However as I got older (and wiser!) my whole approach to stress changed and I began to see each stressful situation as an opportunity to new ways of responding. And with each new situation, I grew stronger and stronger and more able to determine the outcome. Situations still arise but I’ve put myself firmly in the driver’s set as I deal with them.
These situations by the way, could also be called Life! They are nothing more than the unfolding of events that come your way.
So what do you need to learn to cope with Life on your terms?
At Sharing Self.Improvement we will teach you:
- What stress is
- How to identify the causes of stress
- Prevention and Stress Management skills
- Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence and how these impact on stress
- What food can help support a stress-free life
- Relaxation Techniques
- Stress Busters
- Cognitive restructuring (Reframing)
- Attitude and Action to combat Stress
Next Page → Stress The Silent Killer
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