For some people, stress and pressure are badges of honor. Many people talk proudly of how much stress they are under. The implication is that these people are stressed because they are doing very important work and have a significant amount of responsibility.
On the other hand, for some people, admitting to having stress is a display of weakness. Women (studies show) feel more comfortable using the term "stress" than men. They describe feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and tension as stress. Even depression is often described as a symptom or a result of stress.
Whatever we call it, prolonged stress is not healthy and should not be touted as an essential part of life. However, new findings have come to light that tell us it is not the stress itself that is dangerous but whether or not we believe we are stressed. In other words, it's the way we "feel" about stress that makes stress stressful.
So, if we feel stress is harmful and we talk about how bad stress is for us, we make it even worse. If we don't see stress as bad or harmful, it won't be. The power of the mind should not be underrated. You can do lots of simple things to manage your stress. Join Choices host, Judi Moreo, author of You Are More Than Enough, and learn what you can do.
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