What is Stress?
Stress is a reaction. Some stress is healthy, even essential, to get things done. But if you believe a set of stressors is overwhelming, you’ll get anxious and have other stress reactions. Common reactions to excessive stressors are;
- Mental and physical health problems. Stress can kill you.
- Relationship problems
- Workers’ compensation claims at work.
Some stressors are:
- Medical conditions
- Previous trauma/grief
- Poor family/work balance
- Problems at work/home
- Concurrent stressors – a lot happening at once
- Predisposition to anxiety (this is called trait anxiety)
If you have the following traits, you may have a predisposition to being more highly affected by stressors
- A tendency towards perfectionism
- difficulty relaxing
- a desire to please others and obtain approval
- frequent worrying
- high need to be in control
Some basic stress busters are:
- Healthy diet
- take it easy on the stimulants
- get control of your time and work
- Don’t put up with bullying and harassment
- Develop your personal life
- Learn new ways of looking at stress (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help)
Hint: Control and predictability is not a goal (and isn’t possible).