What is Stress?

July 17, 2015

What is Stress?

Essentially, stress can be positive or negative. Positive forms of stress, or "Eustress", is usually
related to positive and desirable life events. "Eustress" provides the means to express motivation
in our personal and professional life and feels exciting.
Negative forms of stress, or "distress", has negative implications and is often synonymous with anxiety or nervous tensions.

Stress triggers can be of a physiological, psychological, social, or environmental nature,
and their impact can be physical, emotional and behavioural.
The important thing to understand is that the body cannot physically make the distinction between
"Eustress" and "Distress". Both forms of stress, if experienced over a period of time, can cause exhaustion.

As the body responds to physical or emotional stress , changes occur and the sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for action (unlike  the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in the
relaxation response) - a mechanism commonly known as the fight-or flight response.
These changes include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and secretions of hormones such as Noradrenaline, Serotonin and Dopamine.

These responses occur whether the stress is positive or negative in nature. The body's fight-or-flight mechanism is absolutely essential if we are faced with an emergency situation.
Continual exposure, however, can deplete the body's vital organs of nutrients and adequate blood supply. Additionally, continual exposure to stress can compromise our ability to think clearly and it can also cause our sleep patterns to become unbalanced.

Over time, this lowers the body's ability to cope with any additional forms of stress and lowers the functions of our body's immune system, which, in turn, provides for ill-effects on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Why Stress Management Coaching?

On a daily basis, we are presented with a number of stresses and it can often feel as though we don't
always have the support we need to cope effectively with these stresses.
If we experience stress overload, we can find ourselves thinking and behaving in ways that are
often not helpful for us.
Stress management coaching can help you develop strategies and provide you with tools
and perspectives to manage your stress.

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