Distress and Eustress: enemies or allies?

It is strange that a day can go by without the word "stress"Ring in our ears. It has now entered
overwhelmingly in our daily vocabulary. Many people use it for
express their pain while others use it to ask for help.
However, are all people who claim to be stressed really stressed?

speaking, it refers to stress when a person perceives that the
pressure from your surroundings or the activities you set yourself up for
realize, exceed his abilities to face them with a good chance
successfull. And, of course, this situation puts hers in danger
emotional balance. I know
we adopt this perspective we will be able to understand that really many of the
situations that we consider stressful are not really. That is, we can
qualify them as heavy, complicated, unwanted or tiring but not
stressful. Indeed,
in Psychology a distinction has been made that divides stress into two big ones
categories: distress and eustress. The distress
it is the negative aspect of stress when we feel we cannot cope
a certain situation since it is bigger than us. On the other
leave, theeustress it would be stress
positive, that is, what allows us to adapt to changes e
react quickly and with greater force
in the face of the problems and dangers we face. It would be like one
kind of innate fight / flight attitude that we have acquired from our own
predecessors and that not only helped us to conserve the species but that there
allows us to give 110% of ourselves in certain activities For
example, numerous studies have shown that we function better when we have
deadlines to be met. This happens because in this case we perceive
as a threat from the surrounding environment and we take action for
react to it. A whole series of things take place in our brains
changes that allow us to be more attentive and see much more
things clearly. This state of positive arousal is referred to as
eustress and allows us to stay and work late at night without
feel tired. Normally, once we have finished the activity,
we go to our normal state, and we disconnect without setbacks. To
however, eustress that is maintained for long periods of time can give rise
to distress; negative consequences for health thus appear. The situation is
so severe that it is found that 75% of medical visits do
realize they have stress as a direct or indirect cause. The
the fact that we spend days, weeks and months in a state of excitement
permanent, it ends up undermining our defenses, both on a psychological level
that physical. Not only do we begin to manifest insomnia, irritability,
depression, anxiety, feelings of despondency and loss of control in addition to
memory and attention problems, but we can also develop hypertension,
high blood pressure, increased heart rate, stomach problems, decreased
of the body's natural immune defenses and an increase in
release of triglycerides and cholesterol in plasma. To understand
the mechanism of stress just imagine an engine running at 110%
of its capabilities. It may be that for a few days it resists but sooner or later
it will start to have problems until it finally gives in. However,
the main problem is not the distress itself but rather our own
inability to recognize the first signs to prevent it. For this reason it is
it is essential to identify what are the causes of stress and work on them
itself about to eliminate them at the root. Le
five causes of daily stress
1. Non
being able to disconnect from problems. Work difficulties should
stay in the office and those of the house in the house. If we spend all day
thinking about a problem this will end up exhausting us, reducing ours
effectiveness at work and as a direct consequence it will produce "distress". Of course,
it is difficult to succeed in this, but with a little mental discipline it is possible
Do. 2.
Postpone decisions. Postponing what we can do today is like tomorrow
a sword of Damocles permanently suspended over our heads. If we took
a decision, the sooner we put it into practice the better. Thus avoiding of
accumulating problems and activities. 3. Don't
organize. Time is not elastic, the day has 24 hours and of these we will have to pass
some while sleeping. In short, we don't have to spend our time in business
without importance. Learn to hierarchize and put our own in order
priority is the basis for eliminating distress. So at the end of the day not
you will have that hateful feeling of having done nothing. Also, always remember
that you will have to learn to say "no" and to compromise only with those activities
that you can make. 4.
Assume a passive attitude. We care more about things than we do
we take care of it; that is, we spend too much time worrying about a fact and the
its consequences instead of taking this time to seek a solution e
put it into practice. Proactive attitude is essential to fight the

Don't share feelings and problems. Speaking is cathartic, expressing what
let's try and sharing our problems will help us feel much better.
Furthermore, the idea that “two
heads think better than one ". Very often talking about the problems is the only one
form to find a solution to them, because that's the only way to get there
will open up new perspectives.

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