"Fortunately, we can change how we perceive ourselves and how we relate to the stressors in our lives. We can acquire the skills and the resources to deal with stress as a challenge and as a learning opportunity." – Patricia Norris
Hans Selye, the Father of Stress, defined stress as "the common result of any demand upon the body". This really means stress comes from any kind of change! It truly implies that stress is a constant in our life.
Stress can come from a variety of situations – job promotions, fatigue, pain, weather or marriage. Having a balanced amount of stress, called "eustress" is essential for growth and improvement. But when the amount of stress is overwhelming or when it has accumulated beyond our capacity we experience "distress." One of our most important life skills is to identify a personal plan of stress management that capitalizes on stress to motivate us but also relieves the pressure of too much.
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