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May 12, 2024

Everyday Tips for Managing Stress

A woman managing stress and remaining calm at the office

Feeling stressed? 😟 You’re not alone. APA’s recent Stress in America study and the WHO’s report on the mental health impact of COVID-19 shows that stress levels have surged in recent years, leaving many of us feeling overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
  

What Is Stress? 

Stress is your body’s response to any demand or challenge. 🧠 It can be helpful in small doses, but too much stress can be harmful. There are three types of stress:

  1. Acute Stress: Short-term stress from recent events or upcoming pressures.

  2. Episodic Acute Stress: Frequent episodes of acute stress, often due to overcommitment or worry.

  3. Chronic Stress: Long-term stress without relief, leading to serious health issues.

In the following video, Coach Anita Steele details the biological origins of stress.

 
Good vs Bad Stress

  • Eustress: Positive stress that motivates and excites you.

  • Distress: Negative stress that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and can lead to anxiety and depression.

Differentiating between good and bad stress can be difficult at first. Below, Coach Laura Gardner discusses the benefits of stress and the process our bodies undergo to break down stress and its byproducts.
 

 
Stress Perceptions

Everyone experiences stress differently, and changing your perspective can help. 🔍

Understanding how stress affects your physical and mental well-being is crucial. Even moderate stress triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response, releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Once the threat is gone, your body should return to normal through the relaxation response.

However, in cases of chronic stress, the relaxation response doesn’t occur often enough, and being in a near-constant state of fight-or-flight can cause irreparable damage to the body. Watch as Coach Laurie Angress explains the various perceptions of stress and its effect on your body.
 

 
Dealing with Stress

Understanding your stress and how it affects you is the first step. Then, try these strategies:

Coach Jamie Carroll shares her go-to methods for dealing with stress.
 

 
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