The Most Common Types of Stress

December 1, 2006 by  
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By Joanne King

Everyone has to deal with stress, no matter how old they are, where they live, or what gender they are. We all have different tolerances, and each one of us handles stress differently, but we all have to face it. Stress can be broken down into four different categories, which we learn about during this article.

Eustress is the best type of stress to have, as it affects you in a positive way. Eustress is kind of like a controlled stress that helps give you that extra boost that you may need to get the job done, or do your best. Just like you hear some people say they work best under pressure, they are talking about eustress. Eustress can help you focus and concentrate better on the task at hand, giving you that competitive edge, that extra driving force. Eustress can add that measure of excitement to an otherwise droll existence.

From the positive to the negative, distress is first on the list. The common cause of distress is life changes or interruptions, such as moving to a new house, or starting a new job. Some people suffer from chronic distress, meaning that it could take years for them to feel better again. Basically, distress is your body’s way of responding to what it views as a tragic or upsetting event in your life. It can affect both your physical and your mental health, especially for chronic sufferers. Distress can interfere with your concentration; can lead to excessive absences from school and work, and can often make sufferers become very hard to get along with, even for friends and family members.

When you have had some much stress that you just cannot handle it anymore, then you are probably in a state of hyperstress. The most common sufferers of hyperstress are those who are overloaded trying to juggle children, careers, marriages, so much so, that one more little incidence could very easily push them over the edge. One thing that help you manage hyperstress is learning how to efficiently schedule all of your responsibilities, and try to eliminate those that are not completely necessary. In other words, forget about trying to be everyone’s hero, and just worry about the things that you have to do, not what you feel obligated to do. Mothers are often victims of hyperstress, as they may work and care for the home, husband, and children, or they may stay at home, but volunteer at school and church, plus juggle marriage and the demands of motherhood. You have to realize when it all becomes to much to deal with, that you have to let something go and focus on yourself.

From hyperstress to the other extreme hypostress, hypostress is what happens when you suffer from extreme boredom, or when you have nothing in your life that stimulates you anymore. If you go to work everyday at the same time, same place, and perform the same repetitive work, then you are likely to suffer from hypostress.

To cope with any form of stress, you should first realize that it is there, and try to avoid situations that cause stress as much as possible. You need to learn exactly where your breaking point is, and take actions long before it ever gets to that level. There are many proven techniques that work to help you better deal with all kinds of stress, one of the best being going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, so that your body gets into a bedtime routine. You will not only get more sleep this way, but the sleep you do get will be more beneficial to you. Somewhere in your busy schedule, try to fit in time to exercise at least three times a week. Twenty minutes or so each session should be enough to help you have more energy, get more sleep, alleviate some built up stress, and feel better about yourself.

Try to make healthy food choices, even when you are on the go. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, as they are only empty calories, and opt for healthier choices, such as fruit or yogurt to snack on in between meals. If you are overscheduled, don’t be afraid to say no sometimes, and don’t worry about what people will think of you. You have to learn how to take care of yourself, because in today’s busy world, you can’t depend on someone else to do it for you.

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