What is Stress?

The linguistic origin of the word stress is the context of mechanics (exerting stress on an object).

Stress can have various sources: work, dis-ease or pain, unhealthy relationships, trauma, life-changing events, lack of sleep, pandemics….

Take a look at the graphic below. Every person has a stress limit. If the limit is passed there are consequences like temper tantrums, panic attacks, breakdowns, dis-ease, insomnia… Every person also has a baseline stress level at a given period of their life. If this baseline is low, an acute stressor only has a short and minor effect. We can comfortably deal with challenges. However, if the baseline is already closer to the limit, only a minor stressor can be enough to push us past the limit.

Both, our body and mind, react to stress with a number of reactions. For a short period this is not a problem – the reactions are actually the solution. Over a longer period stress has its consequences.

In stress management 2 factors have to be taken into account: 1. Dealing with, and having respective tools for acute stress situations. 2. Lowering the base line stress level through changes in lifestyle, mindset, relationships and others.

Do you have any questions or want to share your experience? Comment or message me.


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