Ever have one of those days when it all gets too much?
Do you constantly feel “on” and unable to relax?
Is your neck so tight you can pluck it like a guitar string?
Do you remember a time you felt a buzz of excitement?
Stress is not actually bad for you! It is the level and duration of stress that can have adverse reactions on your physical and emotional well-being.
The stress reaction is part of our body’s sympathetic nervous system. In a stressful situation we increase our body’s natural chemicals including cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol actually helps regulate blood pressure and heart function. Stress hormones even help boost our immune system and help fight off infection.
Consider a time when you felt excited: the big game was coming up, your child sang in the school play, you got that promotion at work. Your body’s stress response is giving you a natural high. You wouldn’t want to lose this enjoyment.
The problem arises when we remain in a heightened or stressed state. It’s as though you left the car lights on and eventually the battery goes dead. You can’t think clearly, you are anxious and tired, your muscles feel weak and you have trouble sleeping.
Our stress levels are impacted by our own reaction to a stimulus. No person reacts in the same way to the same situation. It’s personal! Learn how you identify and react to stress. Sometimes, we are so stressed we cannot see our own behaviour. Learn skills and knowledge to understand your personal response and how you can change your reactions to stress and become happier, healthier and more productive.
A 2011 survey by the Australian Psychological Society showed that the most prevalent causes of stress included financial, personal health and family issues as the main contributors of stress. 30% of people also identified the workplace as being a contributor to their stress.
Modern life is complex. Think about it…. How often does your stress come in packages? Ie: there is not one thing, but many things that add to your stress. Often the only thing you can do, is manage your reaction to the stress. ‘…rethink your potential™’.