Stress – Explained

We all have very different lives, backgrounds, upbringing, Cultures, experiences and beliefs. We go through our lives making decisions based upon all of these and our levels of 'Stress' are determined by these every day.

Stress is a physical biological response which our body initiates when faced with a specific circumstance that we have to deal with imminently, effectively and efficiently. Our body senses the situation, our mind asseses possible outcomes then floods our blood with 'Stress' Hormones and Chemicals all in a spilt second and prepares our entire being for the chosen response.

There are three different types of Stress or Stress Responses;

Types Of Stress
The Good - EuStress GO!
The Bad - Distress WARNING!
The Ugly - Extreme Distress STOP!!!!!!

The following are brief explanations and examples of the types of Stress and the effect they can have on someone.

The Good - EuStress - GO!

This is Good Stress! Yes! Good Stress! This is the Stress Response which gives us MOTIVATION, FOCUS, EXCITEMENT, SATISFACTION AND A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!

EuStress is triggered in the following situations and circumstances;

  • Getting Married
  • Giving Birth
  • Giving a Presentation in your specialist subject
  • Winning the Lottery
  • Initiating a new process/project
  • Studying
  • Exercising
  • Singing/Dancing

The Bad - Distress - WARNING!

This is unhealthy Stress. This is the Stress Response which gives us LACK OF MOTIVATION, CONSTANT LACK OF CONCENTRATION, WORRY, DIS-SATISFACTION, IRRITABILITY and A POOR MENTAL ATTITUDE.

Distress is triggered in the following situations and circumstances;

  • Poor Time Management
  • Threat of Redundancy/Unemployment
  • Bad relationships (Partner/work)
  • Being Bullied
  • Worry of Children/Family/Partner
  • Being a Carer

The Ugly - Extreme Distress - STOP!

This is Chronic Stress! This is the Stress Response which gives us CLINICAL DEPRESSION, HEART ATTACKS, STROKES, SUICIDAL ATTEMPS, VIOLENCE, ON-SET OF MENTAL ILLNESS and SEVERE ADDICTION

Extreme Distress is triggered in the following situations and circumstances;

  • Being invovled in Grevience/Disciplinary/Tribuneral Procedures
  • Constantly overworked (for a long time)
  • Accident
  • Excessive Food/Drink/Drugs/Socialising/Lack of Exercise (for a long time)
  • Constant Violence/Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one