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Stress Management

There can be positive and negative stress.

Positive stress can result in taking action to successfully solve problems in our life and work, and it can result in feelings of excitement and fulfillment. Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly.

For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time. Fun activities provide a source of eustress, the 'good' kind of stress that keeps you feeling vital and alive. It's the sense of excitement you get from completing a project, riding a roller coaster, or meeting an exciting challenge in your life. We need regular eustress in our lives, and fun activities can provide that.

Negative stress can result in our feeling of frustration, resentment, anger and even burnout and despair, along with a myriad of physical problems.

Lazarus defined stress as a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy.

If you do not have the power to change a situation, then you may be able to reduce stress by changing the way you look at it.

Stress management is a learnable skill. If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change.

Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so you don’t have to keep suffering; Open Mind has specialists that can help you in finding and developing your appropriate tools to managing your stress.



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