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Stress

Stress is how the brain and body respond to a demand. It affects everyone. But, it's not all bad!

Facts

Stress is how the brain and body respond to a demand. It affects everyone. Cortisol is the stress hormone that kicks your sympathetic nervous system into gear, otherwise known as fight, flight, or freeze. Your parasympathetic nervous system helps restore your hormonal balance when the stressor or demand is over. Prolonged stress can have lasting effects on our brains and bodies. This happens when that parasympathetic nervous system does not kick in and your body never receives the message to return to normal functioning. Without management, prolonged stress can lead to a myriad of issues: immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, reproductive systems, and our mental health. 

IT’S NOT ALL BAD THOUGH! SOME STRESS CAN EVEN BE GOOD! 

Now, this shows us that with too little or too much stress, our productivity is at its lowest. Which is basically saying: too little stress, like when you’re fun-employed, can not keep you on top of your game, like when that fun sneaks up into laziness and sleeping in until noon. On the flip side, too much stress, like during finals week in college, can also keep your productivity levels down, like when you are so overwhelmed you curl into a ball and watch Queer Eye on repeat. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything… 

However, there is an optimal level of stress, right in the middle at the peak point of productivity, where there is just enough stress, a little fire under your ass, to keep you on top of that to do list, but not so much that you are overwhelmed and out of commission. 

THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS THE SWEET SPOT. 

And you can train yourself to stay in this sweet spot by utilizing your coping skills like: exercising, journaling, reading, listening to music, spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, utilizing relaxation and meditation apps, going on a walk, taking a bath, reaching out to talk to someone you trust.

Homework

  1. GET HONEST WITH YOURSELF
    Identify where you tend to fall on The Stress Curve. From there, try a new coping skill to keep you in the optimal level of stress and keep you motivated and productive! 

  2. TAKE A QUICK QUIZ
    Find out your stress triggers so you can learn how to more effectively combat them!

  3. CHECK OUT THESE LISTS
    These include more coping skills, ideas and worksheets to help utilize them!

Cite your sources

We’re all about finding the tools for you but you have to put them in your own toolbox.

Do your own research! Start here.

GOOD THERAPY

Coping Mechanisms.

TUNE IT OUT

Build Better Coping Skills.

HAPPY NOT PERFECT

Creating A Wellbeing Checklist 101.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

5 Things You should Know About Stress.