What is STRESS?
Stress, as defined by physical science, is a system's response to any demand placed on it. You are a system - a system of muscles, blood vessels, nerves and neurons. When a demand (which we call a stressor) is placed on your system - the way you respond is called "stress" . Let's put this in simpler human terms. You are having a great day and you get a call from your bank telling you that your mortgage payment has not been made for the past two months. We would call this phone call a "stressor" - and the way you respond to the phone call - "stress". There are three basic kinds of stress responses; 1) Stress - which we all experience until we resolve the "stressor"; 2) Distress - which is what we might feel if we cannot resolve the "stressor"; and 3) Eustress - which is the pressure that builds as we avoid resolving a "stressor" and when it reaches a critical mass, it projects us to handle the "stressor" quickly and efficiently. Some people can only handle a project by tapping into this Eustress.
Stress takes a small tole on our system - but Distress can be serious to fatal to a system. Distress wears our system out, keeps us in a constant state of fight or flight, and increases out likelihood of heart attack or stroke. If you can't handle the stress on your own - get help! Talk to one of the professional counselors here at QC Counselor.