Stress is the new buzzword for our times. Everyone is stressed out and dealing with stress. It’s linked to all sorts of ailments and even cancer. What is it really? Let’s bust some myths about STRESS.
Myth 1: Stress is the same for everybody.
Completely wrong. Stress is different for each of us and so are our reactions to it. Stop judging and comparing.
Myth 2: Stress is always bad for you.
According to this view, zero stress makes us happy and healthy. Wrong stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music is shrill or the string snaps. Stress can be the kiss of death or the spice of life. The issue, really, is how to manage it. Managed stress makes us productive and happy; mismanaged stress hurts and even kills us. The key is — how you view stress is what stresses you out!
Myth 3: Stress is everywhere, so you can’t do anything about it.
Not so. You can plan your life so that stress does not overwhelm you. Effective planning involves setting priorities and working on simple problems first, solving them, and then going on to more complex difficulties. When stress is mismanaged, it’s difficult to prioritize. All your problems seem to be equal and stress seems to be everywhere.
Myth 4: The most popular techniques for reducing stress are the best ones.
Again, not so. No universally effective stress reduction techniques exist. We are all different, our lives are different, our situations are different, and our reactions are different. Only a comprehensive program tailored to the individual works. Therefore, contact a health professional like a counselor to help you cope with stress.
Myth 5: No symptoms, no stress.
The absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. In fact, camouflaging symptoms with medication may deprive you of the signals you need for reducing the strain on your physiological and psychological systems. I might not feel stressed but my blood pressure rising signals I’m super stressed out.
Myth 6: Only major symptoms of stress require attention.