Understanding the different types of stress


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Understanding the different types of stress

  1. 1. Understanding the Different Types of Stress Euanne Lynne www.StressManagement.InstantAdviceForAll.com www.HowToManageStress.info
  2. 2. Understanding the Different Types of StressWe have all felt stress at some point in our lives. It is this feeling of mental andemotional tension or strain characterized by feelings of fear and anxiety. It is areaction to which a person feels threatened or pressured. Sometimes, wereable to thrive under certain stressful situations, but other times we just feel we"cant do this anymore".However, not all stress is bad. There are different types of stress, some ofwhich are necessary to motivate us, improve us and bring us to higher levels.For example, a certain type of stress, eustress, is actually necessary andbeneficial for a balanced and exciting life. Eustress is the type of stress youexperience when youre riding a roller-coaster, sky-diving, playing a fun game,falling in love and even rushing to meet a deadline. Eustress makes us feel vitaland alive.Another type of stress, acute stress, is a very short-term type of stress that caneither be positive (as in eustress) or distressing at other times. It is a responseto an immediate perceived threat, which can either be physical, emotional orpsychological. The threat can be real or imagined. Its the perception of threatthat triggers the response. The acute stress response is a reflex action wherethe body experiences increased levels of the hormones cortisol, adrenaline andothers that produce an increased heart rate, quickened breathing rate, andhigher blood pressure. Blood is shunted from the extremities to the bigmuscles, preparing the body to fight or run away. An example is dealing withroad rage.The third type of stress, episodic acute stress which is acute stress that seemsto run rampant and be a way of life, creating a life of relative chaos. Im surewe have all met people who seem to live their lives in a daily mess andforgetfulness or every situation appears to be life and death to them.Chronic stress is another type of stress that seems never-ending andinescapable, like the stress of a bad marriage or an extremely taxing job. This isthe most damaging type of stress to our health and well-being. Chronic stresscomes about as our bodies prepare us for fight or flight responses caused bystressful situations, but this is being triggered continuously without the abilityto return to a normal state, due to the continued and on-going pressures faced.When faced with chronic stress, people begin to see physical symptoms. Thefirst symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increasedsusceptibility to colds. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, moreserious health problems may develop. These stress-influenced conditionsinclude, but are not limited to depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease,www.StressManagement.InstantAdviceForAll.com Page 2
  3. 3. Understanding the Different Types of Stresshyperthyroidism, obesity, obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder, sexualdysfunction, tooth and gum disease, ulcers and possibly cancer.Now that we understand the definition of stress and the implications on ourhealth, we can choose to take action and learn ways to better manage thestress in our lives. For further resources on how to conquer stress, depression and anxiety naturally and permanently, visit http://www.StressManagement.InstantAdviceForAll.com or http://www.HowToManageStress.info We have a Free Report waiting for you!www.StressManagement.InstantAdviceForAll.com Page 3