This week I was reminded of the two types of stress- dis-stress and eu-stress. (A new friend (Rebecca Faye, Smith Galli) is a wonderful writer. Check out her webpage and newsletters ) Back in the day of my designing wellness programs, I scheduled and attended talks about stress and even would give my own lectures on stress. Stress itself is not a bad thing. There are good stressors in life- birth of a baby, moving to a new home, getting a new job. The problem becomes when we cannot handle the stress or when we perceive it as difficult.
Most of us are in the dis-stress mode. And most, I would surmise are stressed from perceived stressors, or even self-created stressors which doesn't make it any less of an issue. But if we acknowledge how and why we are stressed, we can figure out how to some coping mechanisms.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with (dis) stress and anxiety from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (www.adaa.org) :
What about you? Are you in a season of dis-stress or eu-stress? How do you handle it? What are your coping mechanisms?