Good Stress And Bad Stress

The way your body responds to stress works almost like an airplane getting ready to take off. Practically all systems (for example, the heart and blood vessels, the lungs, the immune system, the digestive system, the sensory organs, and the brain) are adapted to meet the perceived danger. 

Trembling Pounding Heart 

When our heart trembles and pounds it becomes very hard to perform precise, controlled skills.  At this point, our focus level on survival obstructs our ability to make a good judgment based on the information depicted from different sources.  We see ourselves more prone to accidents and with inability to better decisions. 

Be more aware of your stressors and your physical and emotional reactions.  Try to detect your distress, and don’t ignore it.  Don’t gloss over any of your problems.  Find out what events are causing your distress.  What is it that you’re telling yourself about the significance of these events?  Do they make you nervous or physically upset, and If so, in which exact ways? 

Preventing Stress   

The stress reaction is caused by a person’s perception of danger.   It could be physical danger and/or emotional danger.  Do you analyze your stressors in exaggerated terms and/or taking a difficult situation and turning it disastrous? 

Are you expecting to please everyone? 

Do you overreact and see things as very critical and urgent?  Do you feel like you have to always succeed at everything you do?  Try to work at adopting more reasonable views.  Attempt to temper your exaggerated emotions.  See if you can avoid the negative sides of the situation and forget thinking about ways to fix what you think was a problem.  You can try to refrain yourself from saying too many ‘what if’s.   For example: what if I could’ve done a better job?  What if I was there? What if I wasn’t late?  Always remember that you or no one will not be able to change the world, so it shouldn’t be a problem if something can’t be fixed. 

Good Stress and Bad Stress 

The stress response, also known as fight or flight response, becomes crucial during emergency situations such as when you’re driving a car and suddenly you feel like you have to slam on the car breaks to avoid an accident.  It can also activate in a milder way at a time when you feel a lot of pressure, but there’s no real danger.  Examples are: Grabbing the foul shot that could win the game, sitting down for a final exam, or readying you for a big dance.  A little of this type of stress can actually help to keep you on your toes, ready to rise to a big challenge.  Later, the nervous system returns to its normal state usually quickly, being in alert to respond again when needed. 

Relieve your stress with Stress Balls 

If you happen to work in an office environment, don’t hesitate to get yourself a stress ball.  Stress balls are known to be effective in relieving a person from stress.  So if you have a chance, grab yourself a stress ball and you will be surprised at how much it can benefit you.