Understanding the different cycles and types of stress is crucial to your happiness. Many people view stress as an impossible and overwhelming knot of all their problems. Taking the time to break down what stress actually is, the root causes and how the stress cycle plays out in the body will save you a lot of pain down the line. It’s time to untangle the knot of your stress ball once and for all.
From time to time most people feel burdened by stress - even if you eat right, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep there’s no way to hide from life’s emotional rollercoaster.
Mixed emotions are a warning from the body to the conscious mind. Pay attention! Getting sucked in to the same routine won’t help you address any of the underlying causes of stress. And stress left unchecked can have serious consequences for your health.
The causes of stress are complex. There are a range of causes from poor work-life balance and stressful relationships to money worries. Often all of these causes intersect in unexpected ways; even if on the surface they seem like great choices! “I love my job but it pays poorly” or “my partner’s great but they live far from me”. Even the good stuff can have unintended downsides. Your emotions intersect in similar ways. Happiness at leaving a stressful work environment might be quickly undercut by anxiety when bills come overdue at home. Ongoing mixed emotions might indicate an overload of the wrong type of stress that needs urgent attention.
A good first step in the process of managing your mixed emotions is to identify the types of stress or ‘stressors’ already present in your life. If mental health and low mood are already challenges for you then unexamined stress could be making your situation worse.
According to the theories of Hans Seyle, the first scientist to make a long term study of stress, there are two distinct types of stress that humans can experience. These two types of stress are the unhelpful ‘distress’ and it’s more useful opposite ‘eustress’. Long-term exposure to the wrong types of stress can lead to depression, low mood, problems with metabolism and high blood pressure. Clearly, prevention is better than cure when it comes to managing stress.
It can be deceptively easy to feel overwhelmed by stress. Most people react by simply ‘doing less’ or ‘doing more’ of their everyday activities. By successfully identifying the kind of stress you are under you can tailor strategies to counter stress that are both personal and environmental. Believe it or not, you can manage all mixed emotions in a holistic way by incorporating helpful kinds of stress!
Good health habits and self-discipline can only be of so much help when dealing with multiple stressors in a busy lifestyle.
Now you’re clear that certain types of stress are a mood-drain. Let’s dive into which types of stress you need to look out for to finally say goodbye to that stress ball tag!