In short term doses, stress is helpful and can boost performance. That’s called eustress. But in the go-go-go world in which we live, many of us are in overdrive most of the time. We are anxious, frustrated, worried and overwhelmed for prolonged periods of time. And that is when chronic stress can negatively impact our well-being.
Stress can be dissected and identified in these four types:
- Time Stress: “I am stressed…that I don’t have enough time.”
- Anticipatory Stress: “I am stressed…about something in the future. “
- Situational Stress: “I am stressed…about a situation beyond my control.”
- Encounter Stress: “I am stressed…about my relationship with this person/group.”
Most people find that they have one or two dominant types. Which resonate for you? Try to think of these four types of stress to identify what is going on when you feel overwhelmed or anxious and determine whether it is in your control or beyond your control.