We are told that there is healthy stress and unhealthy stress. If we do not experience enough stressors (visual, audible, sensory, demands of us), life appears boring and unpleasant. When stressors stack up, our performance will decline, no matter what is causing the stress. When we exceed our capacity for stress, we experience distress, the term most often associated with the word stress.
Distress can cause our immune systems to break down and invite disease and illness. It causes some people to vomit, or want to at least. Stress clouds our thinking and feeling and makes us irritable. Many times, we try to reduce stress to nothing more than a challenge that one must work through to achieve a particular goal. Overcoming a challenge might be stressful, but stress is an indicator that our bodies and minds are overworked. Stress that is not addressed can lead to ulcers and high blood pressure. Conditions that can be avoided if we learn to take care of our bodies.
How do you know if you are experiencing high levels of stress? Take a minute, maybe two or three, and answer 20 questions on an online stress test provided at http://lessons4living.com/stress_test.htm
If the results suggest you have elevated indicators for being overly stressed, find a positive trustworthy friend or family member to talk for support. You might also need the assistance of a caring professional for tips and techniques to reduce stress and to help put life into a proper perspective. Sometimes we unnecessarily perceive life’s issues through a broken set of lenses that can be corrected with some help.