|Silva Ultramind ESP is an amazing workshop. Our perception towards life has undergone a change for better. The tools thought in this workshop will definitely be useful is making me a better person in life.
|Feel rejuvenated after the Stress management workshop; the content of the workshop was very helpful in understanding stress, stress management techniques, time, anger and goal management. The content was delivered in a simple yet very effective manner.
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What is Stress?
The most commonly accepted definition of stress attributed to Richard S Lazarus, is that Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.
Hans Selye (one of the founding fathers of stress research) defined in 1956 was that “stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental.” Selye believed that the biochemical effects of stress would be experienced irrespective of whether the situation was positive or negative.
What is stress and what is not?
Stressful life experiences are sometimes unavoidable. You probably experience good stress and bad stress on a daily basis. Good stress is best described as the adrenaline rush you feel when you rise to challenges. Bad stress feeds on worry, fear and anxiety, and creates a vicious cycle of harmful stress that can lead to health problems. Bad stress can also get embedded into your life when it is consistent; like the stress that comes from ongoing work-related issues, family struggles or relentless financial problems. The major issue about stress is how you deal with your stress. The stress relief tips below focus on taking control of stress by practical means. These self-help stress relief tips focus on a few stress triggers that you can control. Your quality of life, health and happiness depend heavily on how you manage your stress.
What Stress is? And its Underlying Mechanisms :
There are two types of instinctive stress response that are important to how we understand stress and stress management: the short-term “Fight-or-Flight” response and the long-term “General Adaptation Syndrome”.
The first is a basic survival instinct, while the second is a long-term effect of exposure to stress. A third mechanism comes from the way that we think and interpret the situations in which we find ourselves.
Stress is the reaction of the automatic nervous system in defending itself against attack, real or imagined. The nervous system’s original design was to protect us from physical threats. The system releases adrenalin to assist in the ‘flight or fight’ response. Once the threat subsides, the system returns to normal because the adrenalin has been used up either fighting or running away. If the adrenalin remains unused, however, and remains in the system, the result is what we know of as stress.
Some of the early work on stress (conducted by Walter Cannon in 1932) established the existence of the well-known fight-or-flight response. His work showed that when an animal experiences a shock or perceives a threat, it quickly releases hormones that help it to survive.
These hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart rate and blood pressure, delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. They increase sweating in an effort to cool these muscles, and help them stay efficient. They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies, reducing blood loss if we are damaged. And as well as this, these hormones focus our attention on the threat, to the exclusion of everything else. All of this significantly improves our ability to survive life-threatening events.
It is easy to think that this fight-or-flight, or adrenaline, response is only triggered by obviously life-threatening danger. On the contrary, recent research shows that we experience the fight-or-flight response when simply encountering something unexpected.
The situation does not have to be dramatic: People experience this response when frustrated or interrupted, or when they experience a situation that is new or in some way challenging. This hormonal, fight-or-flight response is a normal part of everyday life and a part of everyday stress, although often with an intensity that is so low that we do not notice it.
The General Adaptation Syndrome and Burnout
Hans Seyle took a different approach from Cannon. Starting with the observation that different diseases and injuries to the body seemed to cause the same symptoms in patients, he identified a general response (the “General Adaptation Syndrome”) with which the body reacts to a major stimulus. While the Fight-or-Flight response works in the very short term, the General Adaptation Syndrome operates in response to longer-term exposure to causes of stress.
Seyle identified that when pushed to extremes, animals reacted in three stages:
First, in the Alarm Phase, they reacted to the stressor.
Next, in the Resistance Phase, the resistance to the stressor increased as the animal adapted to, and coped with it. This phase lasted for as long as the animal could support this heightened resistance.
Finally, once resistance was exhausted, the animal entered the Exhaustion Phase, and resistance declined substantially. We have already mentioned that the most common currently accepted definition of stress is something that is experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”
Stress, a matter of judgment
In becoming stressed, people must therefore make two main judgments:
1.They must feel threatened by the situation as a matter of their dignity
2.They must doubt that their capabilities and resources are sufficient to meet the threat
How stressed someone feels depends on how much damage they think the situation can do them, and how closely their resources meet the demands of the situation.