Feeling stressed now and again can be a great motivator but we have to be careful that it doesn’t turn into overwhelm. Stress is one of the main reasons for time off work, so it is a topic often discussed and well researched. So, is there such a thing as positive stress levels?
How Stress is perceived varies individually
How we react to a stressful event is very personal. What one person perceives as a bit of an adventure will be completely out of another person’s comfort zone. Everyone is different and how we perceive situations is just one of the ways these differences manifest themselves. Our genetic make-up, how our parents treated us, what we experienced at school, all these experiences shaped who we are and how we react to the world around us.
Eustress vs distress
Good stress, also called eustress, occurs when something excites us, when it motivates us and spurs us on to be more productive and reach higher. Examples of eustress can include a promotion at work, learning a new hobby or taking a holiday.
Bad stress on the other hand, also called distress, occurs when outside circumstances or internal pressures cause overwhelm. It can even lead to health problems all the way to the inability to deal with our jobs or life in general. Examples of distress can include lack of training at work, job insecurity or problems with co-workers or managers. Examples of internal distress can be perfectionism, worrying about the future or negative self-talk.
How to keep stress levels positive
The key is to manage bad stress. A key factor in managing distress is the development of resilience. We spoke about that in our last blog post, please find our Resilience article here.
Another factor is to reduce your negative stress or even better don’t let stress get out of control. Keep your stress below a level where it turns from positive (beneficial) to negative (damaging). Try reducing the pressure you’re under by giving yourself more time. Ask for help if you need it or reduce your amount of responsibility.
There is a great TED talk about the topic of “How to Make Stress Your Friend”. This link will take you to the video.
Learning to relax, managing negative self-talk and stopping unhelpful worrying are key skills that will go a long way to reduce distress. All these can be achieved with the help of hypnotherapy and mindfulness. These are only two of the tools we can use here at the Work Well Practice to help reduce stress related absences.
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Disclaimer: As with most practices, mindfulness may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any existing mental health conditions or past trauma, you should discuss these with your GP or mental health professional and these should also be disclosed prior to enrolling in a class.