|WHAT IS STRESS ? |
Stress is the reaction, people have to excessive pressures
or types of demand placed upon them. It arises when they worry that they can't cope.
Stress is the "wear and tear", our minds and bodies experience as we attempt to cope with our continually changing environment.
Stress occurs when pressure is greater than resource.
S = P > R.
Everyone is different with unique perceptions of, and reactions to, events. There is no single level of stress that is optimal for all people. Some are more sensitive owing to experiences in childhood, the influence of teachers, parents and religion etc.
Most of the stress we experience is self generated. How we perceive life - whether an event makes us feel threatened or stimulated, encouraged or discouraged, happy or sad - depends to a large extent on how we perceive ourselves.
Self-generated stress is something of a paradox, because so many people think of external causes when they are upset.
Recognising that we create most of our own upsets is an important first step towards coping with them.