Stress is our internal physical, mental and emotional responses to outside pressures and demands. However, Dr. Hans Selye, widely considered the “father of stress research”, pointed out that there can be stress associated with positive events as well as negative events. He called favorable producers of stress, like getting married or buying a new home, eustress, and he called negative producers of stress, like the death of a close friend or relative, or a divorce, distress. Prolonged or repeat exposure to distressing experiences – like school related stress, domestic violence, and on-the-job stress – can damage your physical and emotional health. Approaches to stress reduction include exercise, meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Additional information on stress and stress reduction is provided in our Mental Health Channel, including:
- Key Stress Triggers for Multicultural/Minority Populations
• Key Physical, Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms of Stress
• 12 Common Negative Stressors (Causes of Distress)
• 13 Approaches to Stress Prevention & Reduction , including: Walking, Eating Healthy, Deep Breathing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Adequate Sleep, Meditation, & Laughing.
Check out the wide variety of stress reducing approaches on our website and choose, and use, those that work best for you.