Stress Facts and Fiction
A lot of myths surround the idea of stress and the best ways to combat it. To better understand stress, here are a few of the most popular myths regarding stress and some tips for addressing your own.
Myth 1: Some stress is good for you.
It's important to distinguish between stressors and stimulants, or those things that can excite you to action. If you are feeling anxious, worried or depressed, these feelings can be harmful to your overall wellbeing. On the other hand, goal-setting and striving to meet deadlines can be good for you – motivating you to be your best.
What's key is learning how to manage the stress that you have. This ability can be learned and lead to greater fulfillment.
Myth 2: Stress comes from the world around you.
While some circumstances in life can seem more stressful than others – such as the death of a loved one or moving to a new place – your stress actually comes from how you cope with a situation, not the situation itself. This is why people react differently to the same conditions.
Myth 3: Stress is the same for everyone.
On the contrary, something that is stressful to one person may not be for another. Again, what is important is how we react to potential stressors in our lives. Moreover, those of us who experience great amounts of stress can still learn better ways of managing this stress.
Myth 4: Stress is not a big deal.
Stress can affect your entire body. It can worsen psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and it also can negatively affect other conditions, including migraines and asthma.
Stress also raises your heart rate and blood pressure, making your heart work harder. Over the long term, this may damage your blood vessels and contribute to heart disease.
Because stress can cause an adverse reaction to so many different factors of your health, one of the best things you can do for your health is to learn how to manage that stress.
Sources: American Psychological Association, Krames Staywell, Psychology Today