6 Myths Regarding Stress
By Brad Plaggemars More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Mental Marvels Blog Series
Stress is something that every person has to deal with. Although it may not seem like a very complicated subject, there are many misconceptions surrounding stress. Here are just a few:
1. Stress is the same for everyone.
On the contrary, stress differs from person to person. No one individual handles stress in the same way and everyone stresses about different things. One person may feel stressed about being late for work while another person might not care as much. Everyone responds in a different way.
2. Stress is never good.
False! While it's commonly believed that an absence of stress makes for a happier and healthier self, that's not exactly true. The fact is, stress is not really bad for you. If you are able to manage your stress, it can actually help push you into necessary and ultimately productive, self-nurturing action.
3. You should simply avoid any activities which might stress you out.
"There's a possibility of getting into an automobile accident every time we get into our cars, but we don’t allow that to stop us from driving!"
The same could be said for most of the activities that we partake in. While it's smart to avoid unnecessary stress, it's impossible to avoid it completely. Instead of trying to hide from stress, we should learn to fight it. Learn effective methods of coping with and reliving stress. Stress shouldn't control you. By setting priorities, working on smaller issues, and then moving on to more complex problems, you can plan effectively.
4. The more common stress reducers are the most effective.
As I mentioned above, everyone deals with stress differently. Some techniques may work for some people while alternative approaches work for others. According to The American Psychological Association, "no universally effective stress reduction techniques exist."
What causes stress, differs from person to person. Everyone handles and responds to it in another way. Programs, therapy, or books - it all depends on the person. Whatever works best for that individual is what they should be doing to manage stress.
5. Absence of signs = no stress.
Shortness of breath, hair loss, or dizziness are all physical signs of stress, but not everyone experiences these or other more noticeable signs of stress. While some may openly share their feelings, other attempt to hide them and can do so very well. Be aware of crisis signs of stress - withdrawl from friends or activities the person in question used to enjoy, marked changes in diet - either over or undereating - or in personal care - excessive grooming or neglect of self care.
6. Only Serious Signs are a Concern.
This specific myth claims that minor symptoms such as headaches can be ignored with out a concern. The American Psychological Association says that "minor symptoms of stress are the early warnings that your life is getting out of hand and that you need to do a better job of managing stress." Don't wait for stress to spiral out of control. Taking care when you notice small signs earlier can prevent further and more serious issues down the road.