Stress is something we all go through in some moment of our life.The key to managing stress lies in getting to the cause of it, confronting the source and, finally, controlling it once and for all. Unfortunately, that’s just not as easy as it sounds.
What is Stress?
It is hard to define stress because is attached to many things, such experiences, responses, expectations, and circumstances. Different people experience different stressors and that stress effects every individually differently, and it becomes nearly impossible to define stress. This is the reason why different experts in the field have come up with a wide variety of definitions, and even different solutions, for stress.
Stress can be damaging. Hans Selye, one of the earliest and most recognized researchers of stress concluded in 1956 that “stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.”
Selye believed that the biochemical effects of stress would be experienced irrespective of whether the situation was positive or negative. Since then, ideas have moved on. In particular, the biochemical and long-term effects of stress have rarely been observed in positive situations.
Many researchers believe that stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual can mobilize. People then feel stressed when they “feel out of control.” People feel little stress when they have the time, experience and resources to manage a situation. Stress is, therefore, a negative experience. And it is not an inevitable consequence of an event: It depends on a lot on people’s perceptions of a situation and their real ability to cope with it.
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Start by using these titles until you experience improvements in those areas. Then bring in the other, and use them in rotation with the others. This ensures that you build a solid foundation for managing stress going forward.