Four Myths of Stress
are many misconceptions and outright myths that have arisen related to stress.
Frequently, we hear that stress is bad for you and that we all get stressed out
over things like work, traffic etc. Also, we are frequently hearing that stress
is in epidemic proportions in today's society. But, it is it? Do we need to
get stronger as individuals and as a society to combat stress? Are we just
weak? Below are four of the most common myths about stress, and what we
currently know about the phenomenon of stress and stress management.
All stress is bad for you.
We have to respond to
changes in the world that inevitably involve some level of stress. Without
stress, we probably wouldn't be able to cope with life's challenges and
problems. Also, without some level of stress in our lives, we will probably
never feel the satisfaction of overcoming problems and mastering challenges that
come into our lives.
Everyone gets stressed out
about the same things such as traffic, overwork and noise.
No, this is simply not true:
Although many of
these stressors may be annoying to some or most people, the extent to which
individuals feel stressed by them is very different. We respond to our
experiences in very different, individual ways, including things that others may
feel to be stressful. Some people adapt very well to certain types of stress
and become used to it, while others may find the slightest annoyance to be too
much to handle.
People who complain about
stress are just weak.
Obviously this is untrue:
research continues to demonstrate that stress genuinely affects mental and
physical health. Excessive stress should be dealt with promptly before it
creates serious health problems. If you are feeling too much stress in your
life you may need to contact your doctor or a mental health professional. But,
the way that stress is experienced differently by different individuals is no
reflection on their level of strength or weakness.
Stress is epidemic in our
Stress has always been a natural part of the human condition, and there has
always been a certain amount of suffering involved. Some experts believe that
people actually faced greater stress in the past than they do today. In Western
society at least, hunger, war, serious overwork, poor health and so on were much
more prevalent in the past than they are in contemporary society. People today
are now much more conscious of stress as an issue in their lives. They hear or
read about stress more and this has raised their awareness.
Some information from
Readers Digest Making The Most of Your Brain
Additional Information and
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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