Stress Relief - The Four Types of Stress
Are you stressed?

You may be thinking “Are you kidding? Who isn’t?!” For those of us who can answer a hearty yes!  We already know we’re in the boat of the tense, the tired, and the testy.

Perhaps because stress has become a way of life, however, some may not realize just how stressed they are. Tiredness, irritability, muscle tension and twitching, overwhelm, and fuzzy thinking can be but a few symptoms of stress.

There are some big things going on in the world, including cataclysms like tsunamis and the ravages of war. On an individual scale, many are concerned about finances, job security, personal safety, health, relationships, and parenting. These concerns, alone, can engender feelings of disharmony, dis-ease, and chaos. Add stressors such as sleeplessness, spiritual angst and dissatisfaction, caffeine consumption, and fast-paced living—and it’s easy to see why individuals are stressed, anxious, and out of balance.

While on-the-spot stress busting can help in a pinch, it’s important to incorporate lifestyle changes that not only gives support when stressed, but also reduces long term stress and its effects. Shifting mental patterns, re-connecting with the God of your understanding, forgiveness, gratitude, and optimism are ways to create a life that is more harmonious and peaceful. Aromatherapy, time management, self awareness, flower essences, herbs, and vitamins are also among the remedies you can employ for a more balanced life.

Stress affects every aspect of our being, including the immune and nervous systems, emotions, mental outlook and attitudes, and energy level. There can be many contributors to stress, including negative self-talk, unrealistic goals and expectations, worry, illness, chaotic relationships, and financial concern. The good news is that while we may not be able to control the hand we’re dealt, we do have a say on how we play our hand. It’s important to have practical strategies on playing the cards of life in ways that can reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of stress.

The Four Types of Stress

There are four different kinds of stress: eustress, distress, hyperstress and hypostress. Eustress is a short-term stress that strengthens people for immediate physical activity, creativity and enthusiasm. Eustress is also known as “good stress” arising only in motivating and inspiring situations. Distress is negative or harmful stress that causes us to constantly readjust or adapt, and can be divided into two types: acute stress, or superficial intense stress that disappears quickly, and chronic stress, or prolonged stress that can linger for no specific period. Hyperstress, or overload, occurs when events pile up and stretch the limits of what people can deal with. It is excessive amounts of stress. Finally, hypostress occurs when people are bored or unchallenged. In other words, hypostress is an insufficient amount of stress.

When discussing stress relief and management, it’s usually chronic distress and hyperstress that is being addressed.

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