Situations that are considered stress provoking as known as stressors. Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress is simply the body’s response to changes that create taxing demands. We often use the term stress to describe negative situations. This leads many people to believe that all stress is bad for you, which is not true. Stress can be characterised as positive or negative.
When stress is positive, we feel motivated and focused. It’s short-term stress and we know it’s within our coping abilities. Positive stress feels exciting and helps improve performance. Examples of positive stressors include promotions, new jobs, marriage, buying a home, starting a family, taking a holiday, further education or learning a hobby.
Negative stress causes anxiety or concern. It can be short or long term and we feel it’s outside of our coping abilities. Negative stress feels unpleasant and decreases performance. It can lead to mental or physical problems. Examples of negative stressors include bereavement, separation, illness, abuse, bullying, sleep problems, legal or financial problems, job insecurity, commuting or conflicts at home or work.
Stressors are not always limited to situations where external situations are creating a problem. Internal thoughts and behaviours such as over-scheduling, not saying no, procrastination, fears, worrying, expectations can cause negative stress.
Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.
For stress management using Indian Head Massage and Reiki, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or visit www.relaxfromstress.ie
Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 6 February 2018
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