Believe it or not, some stress can be good for you. Stress called eustress helps your body pay attention to tasks and makes sure you are performing at your best.
Most people think of distress when saying "I'm so stressed out".
Distress is a negative emotion that occurs when someone is overburdened or overwhelmed. This type of stress actually makes it difficult to be productive.
Stress looks different for everyone. It may be a headache or sweaty palms. It may be bursting into tears for no reason or having difficulty concentrating.
Of course, these are just symptoms of stress. Other symptoms include those listed below:
It is often helpful to figure out what triggers your stress. These are called stressors. It isn't always easy to figure out the real sources of stress in your life. One way to help you identify your stressors is to keep a stress journal.
Each time you experience stress, write it down in your journal. Items to include in journal entries include:
Over time, patterns will begin to emerge. Discovering these patterns will help you figure out what stresses you out and what to do about it.
Some short term stress relievers can have longer term consequences. Many of the coping strategies below can cause more damage in the long run:
If you can't get your stress under control, your body can become really sick. So, take good care of yourself and seek help with you need it.