Good stress versus bad stress?
A certain level of stress is actually a positive thing. In fact, when stress is increased we can feel more energetic, more alert and able to deal with the challenges that life throws at us. Athletes, musicians and entertainers are trained to channel their nervous energy positively, to result in performances that probably couldn’t be achieved without that extra edge. The people who do well under stress are no different than you, except that they have learned effective ways to relieve stress. Learning stress management skills is one of the most important things you can do in life.
How will managing stress improve your life? It will:
- Increase your energy and focus
- Allow you to deal effectively with authority, roles and limits
- Increase your tolerance to frustration during difficult circumstances
- Let you adapt to change and prosper from it
- Help you to develop a sense of belonging
- Let you show friendliness, care, and love
- Allow you to enjoy recreation
- Permit you to relax and sleep better by using relaxation techniques
- Free your sense of humour and ability to laugh at yourself
- Let you demonstrate a reasonable sense of independence and self-reliance
Why Are Stress Management Skills Important?
Stress has been linked to many health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. In fact, it has been estimated that 70% to 80% of all doctors’ visits are for stress related complaints. Being over-stressed can also lead to low work performance, sleep problems, absent-mindedness, decreased interest in life, addictions, anger, digestive problems, skin problems, frustration, etc.
What is the difference between Stress and Anxiety
Acute and chronic stress aren’t diagnosable mental illnesses, but anxiety disorders are. So what’s the difference? While normal levels of stress are beneficial, if stress starts to aggregate and snowball, it can lead to chronic stress. High levels of chronic stress can cause or exacerbate severe health problems, like heart disease, obesity, and suppression of the immune system. Chronic stress can also contribute to the risk of developing depression. The brain experiences stress and anxiety in slightly different ways. Anxiety is more akin to fear. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed when that fear is significant enough to interfere with daily functioning, or if it seems to develop without cause.