The 5 principles of fitness are crucial to help us achieve any fitness goal and for overall health, stress is one of them and it has become a cause of different health problems nowadays.
There are different types of stress and we need to understand each and know how to identify it so that we can act the best way possible and learn that not all stress is bad.
There are 3 types of stress which are: Acute stress, Episodic acute stress and Chronic stress.
1. ACUTE STRESS
Have you ever ride a roller coaster or practices a crazy sport? That experience or feeling is acute stress, it is short but intense. An exam or job interview can also cause this type of stress. Our body react to this threatening and challenging situations but after the challenge is completed our body returns to its calm state. This one is short term and all of us can experience it on a daily basis. We need this type of stress.
2. EPISODIC ACUTE STRESS
This one is when acute stress happens very frequently, people with this type of stress tend to be very negative in every aspect of life, everything that could go wrong always go wrong. They tend to take more responsibilities than they can handle keeping acute stress high. They are anxious, angry, sometimes aggressive, impatience and it can be hard to deal with them, they´re always the victims of their circumstances instead of wondering why all this things happen to them. The biggest problem with them is that they don´t realize they have a problem, they´ve learnt to make this type of stress as part of their lives so for them it´s normal.
3. CHRONIC STRESS
When stress continues for long periods of times it becomes chronic stress, it comes from constant demands of pressure every single day in school, jobs, families. this type of stress is so unhealthy that it can destroy our mind and body. When people feel so drowned in so many problems and they got to a point where they get overwhelmed and stop thinking about solutions, they just give up and surrender to stress, the biggest problem with this is that people get used to it, most of us live our lives with chronic stress and we don´t even know it´s there, we think it´s how we´re supposed to live and this type of stress is the cause of biggest health and mental problems that can end in suicide.
Stress can be really bad having a negative impact in our physical and mental health and there´s also good stress that can have a positive impact in our life if we now how to use it. The level or type of stress determines how we need to act or respond, in many cases we are able to follow tools that can help us lower it but there can be cases or situations where we need to talk to a professional if things have gone too far.
Stress is a response to any experience and the level of it goes accordingly to the experience or situation we lived and how we are able to cope with it, we all take every situation in very different ways and they all affect us in different degrees, we need to consider this so that we know how to respond and even be prepared for any situation.
The best thing we can do is know how to respond in every situation without getting stressed, remaining calm and being optimistic not only help us respond better during stressful situations and keep stress low but also help make better choices with lead to better results. Some steps we can take to respond better in stressful situations are:
1.- Do not take things too seriously,
2.- Take some deep breathes and focus on your breathe going in and out,
3.- Visualize the positive outcome or result,
In many occasions we take things too seriously and this only makes things worse, how many times have you created or increased any negative or stressful situation just by overreacting when in reality it wasn´t a big deal? The 3 steps we share here can have a huge impact on your day if you remember to follow them, the next time you find yourself on a stressful situation just remember to calm down, take some deep breathes and think of a positive outcome. Just by calming down and breathing you´ll be able to think better and make a better choice.
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