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Myths & Misunderstandings of Stress

Stress is a puzzle to most people, and many myths and misunderstandings have grown up around it.

Myth #1 stress is the same for everyone. In fact, stress is different for each of us. What is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another; each of us responds to stress in entirely different ways.

Myth #2 Stress is always bad for you.

According to this view, zero stress makes us happy and healthy. In fact, the only time you have zero stress is when you’re dead. Stress can be the kiss of death or the spice of life. The issue, really, is keeping it under control. Controlled stress makes us productive and happy; uncontrolled stress can hurt or even kill you.

Myth #3: Stress is everywhere, so you can’t do anything about it.

In fact, you can plan your life so stress doesn’t overwhelm you. Effective planning involves setting priorities and working on simple problems first, solving them and going on to the more complex difficulties. When stress gets out of control, it’s difficult to prioritize where to devote your energies.

The mind/body connection : Mind and body have a reciprocal relationship. Soma (body) affects psyche (mind) and vice versa. Hence there can be somatopsychic effects, in which the conditions of the body affect the mind and emotions, and there can be psychosomatic effects, in which psychological or emotional conditions affect the body. Change in one domain may cause change in the other. A habit or fixed pattern in one may also impede change in the other and require special attention. Often psychotherapy and massage or bodywork complement each other.

 Posted on : April 8, 2013
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