Stress. We all experience it. It may be positive or it can be negative but it affects us all.
So what is the difference and how do we deal with it?
Positive stress is known as eustress and can arise from things like a new job, a new family member or maybe from moving into a new home. Big changes, although positive, can put stress onto us. Don’t get me wrong, although stress can be tiring it can also have many positive effects. For example, it can help us become motivated. It can get our heart pumping, allow us to be more creative and ultimately help us be more productive.
Negative stress is known as distress. Distress can cause our adrenaline to run, increase release of the hormone cortisol that encouragse fat retention, raises our blood pressure, make us jittery, give us headaches, affect our sleep and ruin a good mood. Distress is definitely something we want to be able to recognize and effectively deal with.
So how do you know if you are experiencing distress?
The Mayo Clinic has come out with a great stress assessment tool. Follow the link, fill it out and find out if you need to tone down some of your distress. If your stress levels are too high there are a number of steps to take into consideration when working to reduce it. The first step is identifying your stressors, identifying potential solutions, implementing them and then evaluating to ensure they are working. All of this is a bit challenging but well worth the work.
If you would like a personal stress management assessment give me a shout for a free one on one consultation or book a Stress Reduction lunch and learn for your office.
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