You control how stress affects you.
We all experience stress, but we can perceive the same stressor in different ways depending on our own perspectives.
“Stress is our physical, emotional, and mental response to change, regardless whether the change is good or bad” (American College Health Association).
How we specifically respond to whatever happens to us in life dictates how we will experience stress.
What we think about what happens to us is key.
Stress can have a positive or negative impact on us. “As a positive influence, stress can compel us to action. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which can in turn lead to health problems” (University of Illinois).
What are Some Examples of Stress Related Health Issues?
- upset stomach
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- lowered immune system
If we were rubber bands, positive stress would be just the right amount to stretch the bands, but not to their breaking points. Positive stress would make us more flexible and more prepared for more stressful situations. Negative stress would snap the rubber bands by pushing us too far, throwing us off guard, and overwhelming us.
Stress is natural. It is the body’s instinct to defend itself. Positive stress turns to negative stress when the stress response goes on for too long and pushes the mind and body into overtime. When this happens, negative emotions such as anxiousness, fear, and worry can arise.
To counter stress, we must be able to recognize the signs of stress.
Signs of Stress:
- back pain
- relationship problems
- shortness of breath
- stiff neck
- weight loss/gain
- short attention span
- anxiety attacks
In order to rid the side effects of stress, the main cause, not the signs of stress, must be addressed.
Stay tuned for more posts from Stress Outlets to learn more about stress relief.
Check out the post 21 Ways to Cope with Stress to get a feel of what to expect in future posts.