Although stress has both mental and physical components, it really is all about the belief that we do not have the resources to cope with the situation, which can make it a negative experience. That situation might be a combination of life factors or events or a one off occurrence. This would cover both acute and chronic stress.
Positive Stress vs Negative Stress
Positive stress can help us rise to a challenge, stimulate us and encourage us on to greater achievements that will bring satisfaction to our lives. A surge of adrenaline has helped people perform skills of seemingly impossible strength in situations of danger. Up to a certain level, the stress response can help us finish urgent tasks, meet deadlines and increase our efficiency and performance. Negative stress leaves us feeling overwhelmed and out of control.
How Stress Management Can Improve Your Life
Evidence shows that men and women respond differently to stressful situations. Men are more likely to “fight or flee”, whereas women release more oxytocin that produces the “tend and befriend” response.
Better stress management can improve people’s lives by helping people to take the time to reflect, engage thoroughly, relax mentally and physically, disconnect, replenish their nervous systems and take stock of their level of life satisfaction including their health. It can also prevent the risk of heart disease, stroke, as well as chronic pain, weight gain, allergies, diabetes and autoimmune disorders.
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