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Negative stress

Negative stress is a type of stress you cannot handle – if something negative is “attacking” and/or threatening you and you cannot adapt to this stress. Generally speaking, negative stressor provoking/triggering negative stress – it occurs when your body cannot return to normal relaxed state even in the absence of the stressor. Very often negative stress called “Distress”.

Negative stress (distress) is the most common type of stress experienced by women. Negative stress is a cause of many negative disturbances including anxiety, fatigue, depression, unhappiness and several illnesses.

Negative stress (distress) blocks positive emotions, happiness, positive feelings and success. If distress prolonged, women could become emotionally, mentally and physically disturbed and sometimes even sick.

Women who experience distress are always in bad mood, complaining about life and bad fortune, feeling unhappy and miserable. Distressed women usually feel victims – “losers” with low self-esteem, decreased abilities for problem solutions, unfulfilled and unsuccessful. Negative stress is a big enemy of success, potential, accomplishment and winning.

Positive attitude could be very important during negative stress.

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one
Dr Hans Selye

Medical professionals recognized acute and chronic distress. Usually short-term threat trigger acute distress and long-term stressors cause chronic distress.

Acute distress is body response to quick immediate attack and/or threat – this type of distress is known as “fight or flight” body response. Stressors for acute distress could be real or false, strong or medium. Different persons can response to the same stressor very differently.

Common causes for acute distress could be unexpected noise, infection, unusual crowding, physical or emotional isolation, real danger or imagined threat, hunger or binge eating.

In most cases after short-term acute distress the body response becomes inactivated and levels of stress hormones return to normal. Post acute distress period called “relaxation body response”.

Main symptoms of acute distress could be physical and emotional.

Physical symptoms of acute distress could be changes in sleeping patterns, changes in eating habits, unexpected headaches, neck tension, back pain, frequent colds, weakness, dizziness, etc.

Emotional symptoms of acute distress usually include dramatic mood swings, irritation and overreaction, anger, increased frustration with minor annoyances, nervousness, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression, etc.

Chronic distress is usually a result of long-term pressure and/or long-term threat. Most common causes of chronic distress could be on-going overloading and overworking (at office or at home); long-term problematic personal relationships; loneliness without solutions; chronic diseases; on-going financial problems, etc.

Main symptoms of chronic distress could include negative mood swings, depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem, not adequate mental reactions, sleep disorders, etc.

Stress types

It is well known that stress could be not only negative (Distress) but also positive (Eustress).

Eustress is kind of stress which triggers trilling excitement when you confront the stressful situation which you can handle. In most cases the positive stress “provides” additional energy for implementing and/or completing some duties – passing important exams, implementing exciting projects, winning competition, confronting obstacles, etc. Positive stress increases the level of adrenaline to help accomplish goals, fulfill duties and/or meet planned deadlines.

Distress is a type of stress we cannot handle – it is when we try to adapt to experiencing threats, new situation or unknown places. Distress usually causes feelings of discomfort, negative thinking, anxiety and unfamiliarity.
As it was already mentioned above, distress could be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Acute distress usually intensifies and disappears quickly. And chronic distress can exist for weeks, months or in worst case even years.

If women overloaded with work (at home or in offices) or pushed beyond their capabilities, they could experience hyperstress – it is the situation when women hyperstressed, their tolerance to stressful situation is decreased and very simple “threats” (real or imagined) can provoke irritation, trigger unusual emotional response and create unexpected reactions.

Hypostress develops in passive women – in situations when women are bored, have no interesting ideas, don’t experience any challenges and not face any problems at all. It is very often a problem of rich spoiled children whose problems are always solved by other people. It also could be a problem of workers who do the same job whole life (no changes, no improvements, with zero enthusiasm).

First signals of negative stress

  • Reduced productivity and creativity;
  • Absence of joy and happiness;
  • On-going bad lack;
  • Reduced interest for social activities;
  • Weakened immune system (often colds, influenza, allergies, chronic fatigue, anxiety);
  • Unexpected aging (look older, sick).

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