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Good vs Bad Stress

Trevor November 19, 2020
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Woohoo!!! You are at the halfway mark already. We are super proud of you. Keep up the amazing work and stay in touch with your learning and practice!!!

What is Stress?

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The best way to deal with a problem is to first understand more about it. 

”Knowledge is Power”

Stress is just your body reacting to changes. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is most definitely a normal part of everyones life. We can experience stress from our environment, our body and our thoughts. Stress even happens to our bodies when positive experiences occur. Our body is just reacting to the change.

Stress can be divided into two categories – Good Stress which is called Eustress and Bad Stress which is called Distress.

Eustress or Healthy Stress :-

  • Positive.
  • Short term.
  • Can motivate us.
  • Can energise us.
  • Can help improve our performance.
  • Perceived as within our coping abilities.

Some examples include – A job promotion, getting married, buying a home, performing on stage, moving house, going on holiday, learning something new. or taking a test.

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Distress or Unhealthy Stress :-

  • Unpleasant
  • Short or Long Term
  • Overwhelming
  • Can decrease performance
  • Can lead to excess stress or anxiety
  • Perceived as outside our coping abilities
  • Can lead to physical and mental problems

Some examples include – Financial or legal problems, losing a job, being bullied, Illness, losing a loved one, relationship conflict, sleep issues or work issues.

Here is an awesome video by Braive that uses a bucket analogy to explain stress.

Stress is not always limited to external factors. Inner thoughts and feelings, as well as developed behaviours and programmes can be big stressors in our lives and the main cause of our Flight, Flee and Freeze Stress Response.

The Fight, Flee and Freeze responses have taken up new strategies in todays modern world. Fight is now Aggressiveness, Flee is now Anxiety and Freeze is now Helplessness.

Modern FFF‘s

Fight – Aggressiveness

Flee – Anxiety

Freeze – Helplessness

Here is an article by The American Institute of Stress. It gives a great insight into when stress is actually good for you. – Click Here

How Do You De-Stress?

Reflect for a second and think what you do to de-stress in your life. Do you already know ways that work for you? If you do, write yourself a list and be sure to include the new things that you now know…

  • Your Mindography Practice & Exploring
  • Gratitude Journaling
  • Anchoring Your Attention
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Focusing On The Present Moment
  • Thoughts, Feelings & Actions Exercise
  • 478 Breathing Technique
  • Multi Sensory Exercise
  • Positive Phycology Tools 
  • Perception & Perspective Exercise ”Located later in this lesson”

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