Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Stress Management. What is Stress?

What do we mean by stress?

We often hear someone saying: ‘I am stressed!’ Are they really? On the other hand, are they just under extreme pressure. If you are to manage your personal and professional development effectively, you need to be able to recognise and manage stress.

What is Stress?

‘Stress is a reaction, physical, mental, or emotional, to demands or changes in your life’
Diagram-Stress - copyright Rosalie Marsh 2011
(Permanente 1996 P1) 

Another explanation could be explained as follows:
‘Stress occurs when the pressures upon us exceed our resources to cope with these pressures’ (Changing Times 1997 P1)
There are many articles and books on the subject of stress. The indicators are that what is beneficial for one e.g. working under pressure, can be harmful for another, and be acute distress.

Therefore, in seeking to analyse stress, it becomes apparent that there is no stereotype definition. Acceptable stress levels vary with each individual. Indeed, they are dependent on individuals' needs and preferences, at any point in time. This indicates that what may not have been stressful some years ago, could be stressful some years later due to changing conditions and factors in a person’s life.

What is clear, is that stress occurs when pressure becomes more than is acceptable. At this point, it is counterproductive. There is a difference in stress and pressure.

Pressure is being stretched – but within the capacity of the individual
Stress occurs when pressure becomes more than acceptable. It occurs when the optimum level is reached.

Many people work well under pressure and indeed produce their best work under these conditions. However, stress (distress) is counterproductive. Pressure can turn to stress not only over workload problems; it could be work conditions, which impinge or have an adverse effect on personal life. A build-up of an unresolved problem may result in a seemingly unimportant incident being the trigger for acute distress.  This incident may reflect back to psychological problems or feelings previously buried.

Post published on LinkedIn 09.08.2016

Excerpt fro Release Your Potential 2011

Rosalie Marsh http://www.discover-rosalie.com