Stress is an emotional response to a real or perceived threat, that triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response. It is a part of our everyday life and not all stress is bad. With more knowledge what is stress and how to manage it, we can maintain a healthy and balanced life!
TYPES OF STRESS
Eustress is considered to be a “good” stress that can be helpful and beneficial to an individual, as it helps us to grow. During periods of eustress, the individual may feel a sense of well-being. It can be exciting, motivating and thrilling.
blood pressure and heart rate increases;
the level of dopamine and oxytocin grows (the “feel good” hormones).
Distress is known as “bad” stress that can be harmful to a person. It is also triggered by the body’s fight or flight response, but it has negative effect.
– Chronic distress is long-lasting and can heavily harm the health of a person. The reason of it can be long lasting poverty, a dysfunctional family, an unhappy marriage, a bad job, etc.
– Acute distress is usually more recognizable than chronic distress. It is known as “survival stress,” and occurs during such incidents as a car accident. As long as episodes of acute stress are not constant, the body can usually fully recover from it.
It’s impossible to completely get rid of stress, but managing stress is important to staying healthy. Stress affects each person differently. The goal of stress management is to identify your stressors, which are the things that cause your stress, and learn how to deal with them.
In general, stress coping techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of the body. It doesn’t matter which relaxation technique you choose. What matters is that you try to practice relaxation regularly to reap its benefits.
To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as thinking positively, finding humor, problem-solving, managing time, exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.
Physical reaction and benefits of stress management:
HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS:
|Stressful event examples||Your reaction (how you felt)?||How had you responded (what you made to feel better)?||What could you do next time in similar situation?|
|You had an exam, you were late, you lost a job…||You didńt sleep, because you worried||You ate something, took medicine, alcohol, played a computer game, yelled at someone…||Bath, walking out, exercising, meditation, yoga, sower, self massage, talk to someone…|
STRESS RELIEF TECHNIQUES
More information and experience how to deal with stress you can get at the workshops, retreats and classes.