What is Stress?

Stress: There has been no definition of stress that everyone accepts. Therefore, it's difficult to measure stress if there is no agreement on what the definition should be. People have very different ideas with respect to their definition of stress. Probably the most common is, “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension”. Ano ther popular definition of stress is, “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”   

Eustress: Stress in daily life that has positive connotations (i.e. Marriage, Promotion, Baby, New Friends, Graduation)

Distress: Stress in daily life that has negative connotations (i.e. Divorce, Punishment, Injury, Negative feelings, Financial Problems, Work Difficulties) 

(American Institute of Stress, 2015)  
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Stress Management Tips

A couple stress management techniques include: 
- Jogging and other aerobic exercises
- Different types of meditation, prayer, yoga and tai chi
- Various progressive muscular relaxation exercises, deep breathing, massage therapies
- Acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback, and other bodywork and postural techniques
- Listening to music
- Hobbies that you enjoy
- Volunteer work
- Keeping a daily journal of events and how they feel
- Laughter
- Playing with pets
- Taking short breaks
- Aromatherapy or nutritional supplements like chamomile, spearmint
- Strong emotional support from group therapy, family or friend
The key to reducing stress is to prevent it. This includes:
- Getting enough sleep
- A proper diet
- Avoiding excess caffeine and other stimulants
- Taking time out to relax
(American Institute of Stress, 2015)

Bring Balance To Your Work/Life Schedule

Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to your daily routine:


 1. Build downtime into your schedule.

When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge.

 2. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.

Take stock of activities that don't enhance your career or personal life, and minimize the ti me you spend on them.

3. Rethink your errands.

Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands. Try trading services with friends, by offering to do tasks that you enjoy or that you were planning to do anyway.

4. Get moving.

It's hard to make time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule, but it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate.

5. Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.

Don't assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Even during a hectic day, you can take 10 or 15 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries.