What is ‘Stress’? Stress is the result of our response to a situation. When we manage stress, its harmful effects are reduced and it works for us instead of against us. Too little of stress can be as dangerous as too much of it.
‘STRESS’, is very powerful. It has multiple meanings and associations. Most of us associate stress with unpleasant experiences, however, stress is not destructive. Stress is actually good for us, in fact it is essential to motivate us to a greater self awareness and self confidence. Stress helps us to lead a more rewarding life.
Understanding how we react to stress is important towards managing it. It can be very difficult to do anything about our immediate responses, but we can learn to give different messages so that our reaction does not turn out to be destructive.
Any situation, no matter how small can act as a stressor. Change is potentially stressful since change requires adaptation. Our body reacts with stress to the change. The level of stress we experience at the time of change influences our reaction to it. If we are already under a lot of stress, a slight change in the circumstance can tip the balance and we find ourselves experiencing exhaustion. However, if we have managed our stress well, then we will be able to view the change as challenging and stimulating.
Stress causes us to experience hurt, frustration, anger, etc. Some of these negative feelings are caused not by a situation but by the way we handle it and the way we respond. Our responses to many situations can be controlled and managed so that the stress can be helpful, stimulating and developmental. When we are able to manage our behaviour and replace negative ways of responding with positive ways, we enhance our dignity and self-esteem.