STRESS AND DAILY LIFE IMPACT DEFINED

GOOD & BAD STRESS

It is funny, yet there has not been a definition of stress that everyone is willing to accept. People simply have different ideas of stress and its personal impacts. Most people when asked feel that the predominant form of stress is “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.” Another popular definition of stress is, “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”

Most people consider the definition of stress to be something that causes distress. However, stress is not always harmful since increased stress results in increased productivity. A definition of stress should also embrace this type of healthy stress, which is usually ignored when you ask someone about their definition of stress.

Any definition of stress should also include good stress, or eustress. For example, winning a race or election is just as stressful as losing, or more so. A passionate kiss and contemplating what might follow is stressful, but hardly the same as having root canal work. Any definition of stress should similarly explain the difference between eustress and distress.

ACUTE STRESS

Fight or flight. The body prepares to defend itself. It takes about 90 minutes for the metabolism to return to normal when the response is over.

CHRONIC STRESS

The cost of daily living: bills, kids, jobs…This is the stress we tend to ignore or push down. Left uncontrolled this stress affects your health- your body and your immune system.

EUSTRESS

Stress in daily life that has positive connotations.

IDENTIFYING EUSTRESS OVER DISTRESS

EUSTRESS MAY INCLUDE

Marriage
Promotion
Baby
Winning Money
New Friends
Graduation

DISTRESS MAY INCLUDE

Divorce
Punishment
Injury
Negative feelings caused by social media
Financial Problems
Work Difficulties

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MANAGE

Getting you into a routine will be key to helping you manage your stress load on a daily basis. When getting you into a routine, I will focus on some key areas such as exercise, setting and meeting goals and concentrating on areas where I can help you broaden your perspective motivate you through increasing your self-esteem.

I can help you manage your daily stress.

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