What Is stress?
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
Basically it is a loop information in and response out, adaptation or burnout.
Generally we associate it with being bad or negative. In truth stress has its place in both health and dis-ease.
Oftentimes it is how we perceive stress that has more of an impact and sometimes we can be having low chronic stress and not even know it!
This is great news, it means we have far greater control of it than we may have thought!!
It is helpful to have an awareness of what the stressors are, how they are affecting us and what we can do to stay on top of our game.
You can safely wrap your head around the fact that life is full of changes and adaptations.
It’s interesting to note that those that have a “resilience” mindset experience dramatically less negativeimpacts perceiving and reacting to stressors in a “can do“ fashion.
What can I do, how can I be “resilient”?
The difference in whether stress impacts has positively or negatively comes down to our perceptions.
Recognizing what really constitutes stress and reframe our perceptions of what we think about stress can change the game entirely!
- negative form
- produces anxiety and concern
- can be short or long term chronic low level
- perceived as threatening, I just can’t take this anymore
- When prolonged cause mental and physical ick
Everyone’s body responds to stress a little differently here are some common negative reactions to distress:
Elevated blood pressure
- Digestive problems, diarrhea and/or constipation
Skin problems, breakouts, eczema,
Decrease in immunity, getting sick more often
Disruption in sleep
Anxiety and depression
Increase or decrease in appetite
Inflammation and bloating
Let’s talk about another type of stress…..
- Positive form stress
- Motivates, focuses
- Generally short-term
- Increases performance
- Feels doable
Key Action: Reframe, change the way we perceive stress
I will use something personal you may relate to as an example.
Lines and crowds. Ugh!!! Not my super favorite and i have been known to become uptight about it in a hurry! There are times when I have avoided going and doing things altogether because I know there will be a crowd and long lines to stand in.
If I perceive it as a pain in the rear or putting me out in some way I feel stressed and irritated.
If I am able to just chill out, reframe at opportunity to take a few deep breaths, taking in the scenery, or make a new connection with another person as I wait.
You can apply this to traffic situations at work or at home if you’re feeling stressed out, take a step back breathe and reframe.
Choosing consciously puts you back in the drivers seat once more.
Can you think of situations where there may be undue stress you could take care of by reframing ?