Stress means something like “tension”, “bending”. In fact, stress is a completely normal reaction to the outside world and causes people to act, react or perform at their best. Everyone needs challenges and a certain amount of strain.
That is why experts distinguish between two types of stress: the positively perceived tension is called eustress – in contrast to distress, which has a negative effect on mental and physical health. But be careful: Eustress can quickly turn into distress!
Everyone is familiar with stressful situations, they are everywhere – at work as well as in private life. When external stimuli cause mental and physical tension, it is defined as stress. If it affects us permanently, it can make us ill.
To avoid stress, it’s important to find out exactly which stress triggers can upset you. This is the only way you can counteract stress in the corresponding situation. Examples of common stress factors are constant availability via mobile phone and other communication channels, the double burden of family and work, or the pressure of deadlines.
Nobody goes through life completely stress-free. Your body and mind need a certain amount of stress. But too much negative stress makes you sick in the long run. It is therefore important to find the right balance and measure.
That’s why it’s important to learn how to reduce your own stress. The right way to do this varies from person to person. A short walk in the fresh air helps some people, others cool off with sports, relaxation exercises often help and still others can only reduce their stress if they work on their inner attitude.
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