• STRESS HAS 2 SIDES AND AN IMPORTANT TASK.

  • WHAT EXACTLY IS STRESS?

    STRESS IS A CALL FOR ACTION AND A REQUEST FOR CHANGE.

    WHAT DOES STRESS MEAN TO ME?

    THIS IS STRESS AS WELL!

    HAPPINESS IS STRESS AS WELL.

    STRESS IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR ACTIVATION!

    What makes stress positive or negative is the meaning of the stressor (trigger, cause) for our emotional world that makes us decide (consciously or automated) to feel joyful or aweful.

  • STRESS IN THE MEDIA

  • If you look for the term "stress" on the internet, you will find articles on topics such as stress management, work-life balance or burnout. Stress in these cases is therefore associated with a negative meaning.


    Is stress really just negative?

  • THE 2 SIDES OF STRESS

  • Relating only to the aforementioned topics of stress, only the negative side of stress is illuminated. If one searches for a definition of "stress", a distinction is made between good stress (eustress) and bad stress (disstress).

    So there is a good side to the stress?


    If you look at the distress that can be found numerously as a topic on the Internet, in guides and books or even as a seminar, the attention of the reader is drawn to the long-term health risks to the body and mind. Stress triggers, called stressors, are illuminated, which means, the problem areas of life.

    This can be e.g. internal factors of a person such as being afraid of illness or having an unhealthy relationship with oneself. Or external factors such as other persons whose behavior or effect we perceive or interprete as negative, climate outside of our comfort zone or rhythms of life contrary to our biological clock, which controls nature (the sun) for us. It is therefore a negative evaluation of the stressor, which produces a negative feeling state. They have a destructive connotation - something dissolves or becomes less (e.g., well-being, social connections).

    Mostly for further enlightenment and better understanding a story about fight and flight of our Neanderthal progenitors will be enough. What are your everyday physical and mental fight and flight parallels from this comparison? what stresses you out negatively and makes you feel bad instead of good?

    In addition, the appropriate method for relaxation and, in the best case, for self-organization or personality development is offered in order to work on the cause at the root. However, Eustress is seldom mentioned.


    What is Eustress and what triggers it?


    Eustress happens when we emotionally experience the opposite of disstress: joy, connection with others, euphoria. For example, if we are in love, look forward to a specific event looking forward to a gift. The stressor is rated as positive for one's own life respectively survival and triggers a positive feeling. These positive emotional states are also called stress - in this case eustress. A constructive character can be perceived in this context - something is connected or augmented (for example cohesion, courage).

  • THIS IS STRESS

  • What do eustress and disstress have in common as a stress type?

    The term "stress" originally comes from material research and means in this context tension or distortion of metal.



    Stress describes the change in state of a material by a stressor.



    There are many stressors. Material with different properties as well. Heat, for example, has the same effect on silver and gold. They both get warm and warmer until eventually they melt. Heat is the same stressor for both. Heat alters the state of both metals equally if it is sufficiently high. Silver melts at 960.8°C and gold only at 1064°C. So gold shows the strength of stress resistance, because it melts later than silver.

  • THE TASK OF STRESS

  • The term "stress" was adopted around 1950 in medicine as a collective term for the reactions of the body to the adaptation (state change).

    Eustress and distress change the state of the stressed person in the positive or negative direction and provide more tension.

    In other words, the person is activated. Activation means putting the body into an energy-consuming state to actively adapt to the new conditions the stressor creates. This is about balance between the person and the circumstances - this balance is called homeostasis. Physical, mental and, above all, emotional balance should be regained through activation. The stressor has caused an imbalance in the person when he or she feels stressed. Energy is mobilized and wants to be consumed through action.
  • STRESS IS ONLY NEGATIVE WHEN...

  • ... it lasts for a long time and / or is intensively perceived.

    The dose creates the poison.

    This is only partially correct, considering what Heraklit threw into the room:

    The only constant is the change.

    The two points that come together in stress (tension or state change) are:

        
    the properties of the poison and
        
    the characteristics of the stressed person.

    The properties of the poison, so the stressor, can be divided into 2 points:

       -
    the perceived intensity
       -
    the length of time that person is exposed to the stressor.

    The characteristics of the stressed person is their adaptability and can be divided into the following points:

        -
    their value system (what is most important for the person in this moment)
        -
    their resources available to deal with the stressor.

    Everything is connected with everything.

    The stressor and the person are connected with each other by their characteristics and thus determine the emergence of one stress situation or non.

    INTENSITY (STRESSOR) vs. VALUE SYSTEM (PERSON): The individual value system of a person (the things that are most important to him or her at that moment) decides whether something in or around that person becomes a stressor and as well how intensively it is perceived. The three states of perception: no stress (irrelevant for that person), eustress, disstress.

    DURATION (STRESSOR) vs. RESOURCES (PERSON): The person assesses the resources available to her, e.g. Energy, social network, finances, etc. and can thus estimate whether the stressor is manageable over the expected duration.

  • STRESSOR VS. PERSON: DIFFERENT EXAMPLES OF STRESS

  • The four aforementioned properties can be used to look at situations and help them understand them.

     
    Example 1) A child screaming for several minutes may be an intense stress to a person due to the prolonged level of noise and their self-starving hunger.

       
    Intensity: high
        
    Duration: long
        
    Value system: own need not covered (to be full), by hunger (distress) higher tension and thus faster irritated by changes in the environment that disturb the comfort zone (volume)
        
    Resources: low - insufficient for situation, low energy level (hunger)
        
    Stress factor: high

    Example 2) Another child spontaneously receives a dog puppy, whom it has been longing for for several months. The child is looking forward to the next very strong, after it is sure that the puppy is for him and remains. The child starts to cry with joy.

        
    Intensity: high
        
    Duration: short
        
    Value system: Need long time unsatisfied (dog's purpose for the child, for example, marriage, love, to be seen, or attention / status symbol), importance of dog puppy for the child high
        
    Resources: OK - sufficient
        
    Stress factor: high

    Example 3) The mother of a person died 2 years ago and the person still grieves a lot. Both have always spent a boisterous and happy time and the mother was always there for the person when she needed advice.

        
    Intensity: high
        
    Duration: long
        
    Value system: the mother or the feeling that the mother has left in the person as a reminder, the person is still very important
        
    Resources: low (since long mourning period)
        
    Stress factor: high

  • ARE YOU STRESSED?

  • The consideration of the aspects

        - intensity
        - duration
        - value system
        - resources
        - stress factor overall

    can help you develop a better understanding of your perceived stressful situations.

    Reflect your stress situations with this grid later or with a little practice during a stressful situation. Get more awareness about what is in conflict and more control for yourself in the stress situation.