Stress is felt by everyone. Learn about some myths and truths of stress and how to manage it.
April is Stress Awareness Month. A month designed to bring the light to a physical, mental or emotional strain that keeps some of us in the dark.
What is stress? The dictionary definition of stress is a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.
What may be a big issue for you, could look minor to someone else. Stress can feel like the biggest weight on your shoulders and make the simplest tasks seem challenging.
Below are some myths and facts about stress.
Myths and Facts about Stress:
- Myth: Stress is bad for you.
- FACT: Stress is sometimes needed. It allows you to overcome challenges, like interviewing for a new job or traveling alone to a new place! Sometimes stress is that stepping stone to get you out of your comfort zone, to make you stronger.
- Myth: Only major stress symptoms require attention.
- FACT: Stress is harmful to your health. Stress can cause inadequate sleep patterns, headaches, strain on relationships, and weight gain or loss. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even heart disease. All of these symptoms should be taken seriously.
- Myth: Stress is inevitable. You can’t do anything about it.
- FACT: Stress is MANAGEABLE! There are many coping mechanisms you can do to help. Taking a walk and some deep breaths, listening to music, or calling a friend can be beneficial to lowering your stress. Long term management can include exercise, recognizing what you can and can’t control, or attending therapy.
While we are not experts on stress treatment at Tri-State, we do advocate for our staff and clients to live healthy life styles, because we all experience stress. Whether it’s from a small irritation like your train being late, to something bigger like getting laid off from work, stress can be a part of life, but it doesn't have to control you.