O stress, stress, stress….the hardest part of our life. We all want to get rid of it. But this or that way, it has to come to our life and it really bother us. If not handled properly, it can swallow our inner self gradually.

To prevent it’s effect on us, to smoothen our life inspite of stress, one should be well aware of the term stress .

Stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. This is one type of psychological pain. But, you know, small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. This type of positive stress helps in improving athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment.

But, excessive amounts of stress leads to bodily harm. Even, it can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental illnesses such as depression.
This can be external and related to the environment, but also it can be caused by internal perceptions that cause an individual to experience anxiety or other negative emotions surrounding a situation such as pressure, discomfort etc. .

Let’s have some discussion on these two types of stress

Positive stress
Positive stress or eustress (also called stress) is when we perceive a stressful situation as an opportunity that will lead to a good outcome. This helps to motivate us to deal with a challenge or accomplish a task. It helps us to face what we have to face or fix what we have to fix. In the end, eustress can lead to the feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment, well-being and wholeness.

Elements of Positive Stress

Eustress is more likely to prevail, however, if we had positive experiences and outcomes with stress in the past. But there are other important factors that help to view and respond positively to a stressful situation include:

  • A belief system and mindset of hope, great expectations and a positive outlook on life
  • Belief in yourself and your ability to manage the task/stressor
  • Perception that you have power and control over the situation
  • Expectations of the best of yourself
  • Expectation of a reward

These factors gives a positive feelings and affect while dealing with a challenge.

Once this stressor is gone, eustress leaves you upbeat or exhilarated rather than dejected. When the stress is over, the stress system is turned down and we return to our former state of balance. But, if we stay on the same high alert condition, this good stress can evolve into the symptoms of negative stress, so beware.

Examples of eustress where you are likely to meet a situation with a positive outlook and hope includes:

  • A desired physical activity such as weight training
  • Winning in sports competition
  • Taking an examination
  • The excitement of falling in love
  • Planning for a wedding
  • Planning a vacation
  • Labor and delivery
  • Meeting a work deadline
  • Managing the daily, repetitive stress of a job

Negative Stress

This cause anxiety. It is perceived outside our cooping abilities. This can be short tem or long term. Long term can cause disease and it effects us internally a way too bad. It puts a person in a state of acute depression due to which the performance level of a person decrease totally.

Examples of negative personal stressors include:

  • The death of a spouse.
  • Filing for divorce.
  • Losing contact with loved ones.
  • The death of a family member.
  • Hospitalization (oneself or a family member).
  • Injury or illness (oneself or a family member).
  • Being abused or neglected.
  • Separation from a spouse or committed relationship partner.
  • Conflict in interpersonal relationships.
  • Bankruptcy/Money Problems.
  • Unemployment.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Children’s problems at school.
  • Legal problem.

In job place, this negative stress prevails more and more in work place. The factor may be :

  • Excessive job demands.
  • Job insecurity.
  • Conflicts with teammates and supervisors.
  • Inadequate authority necessary to carry out tasks.
  • Lack of training necessary to do the job.
  • Making presentations in front of colleagues or clients.
  • Unproductive and time-consuming meetings.
  • Commuting and travel schedules.

Social Support vs Stress

Studies consistently show that social support can protect against physical and mental consequences of stress. This can occur through a variety of mechanisms. One model, known as the “direct effects” model, that social support has a direct, positive impact on health by increasing positive affect, promoting adaptive health behaviors, predictability and stability in life, and safeguarding against social, legal, and economic concerns that could negatively impact health. Another model, the “buffering effect” says that social support exerts greatest influence on health in times of stress, either by helping individuals appraise situations in less threatening manners or coping with the actual stress.

Researchers generally distinguish among several types of social support: instrumental support – which refers to material aid (e.g., financial support or assistance in transportation to a physician’s appointment), informational support (e.g., knowledge, education or advice in problem-solving), and emotional support (e.g., empathy ). Social support can also reduce the rate of stress during pregnancy.

However, we always become goofy and puzzled out ourself and then we get stressed.

But keep in mind in this hard world we always don’t find a friend like mickey, who always stays to help his friend.

We must also know how to take care of our this stress and keep us happy.

10 best stress reliever

MeditateIt’s simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting — out loud or silently — a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.

Breath Deeply Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomenand work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.

Be Present When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

Reach Out – Social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others, preferably face to face or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.

Tune In to Your Body Lie on your back, or sit with your feet on the floor. Start at your toes and work your way up to your scalp, noticing how your body feels. For 1 to 2 minutes, imagine each deep breath flowing to that body part. Repeat this process as you move your focus up your body, paying close attention to sensations you feel in each body.

Decompress Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck, upper chest, and back muscles. Remove the wrap, and use a tennis ball or foam roller to massage away tension.

Laugh Out Loud Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you smile.

Crank Up TunesResearch shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety

Get Moving – Go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs, it relaxes a lot.

Be Grateful Keep a gratitude journal or several to help you remember all the things that are good in your life.

So, be your own mickey. Don’t let the stress to Swallow your innerself. Love yourself and take a good care of yourself. Use this stress in a good way and be happy.

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