Our reaction to stress is the fight or flight syndrome – you attempt to combat the danger or flee from it.
This is when self-talk comes into play, “I can do this; I will not allow anyone to tell me I cannot conquer this situation.”
Internal conversations can be positive or negative. Remember – the #1 stressor is Your Perception (if you think you can’t control the situation the way you want, you will not be able too; if you think you can handle the issue, you will).
Some stress is good – the adrenalin that flows before a public speaking engagement. You gear up for the challenge – a little anxiety is good, it gives you extra energy and clarity to perform the task.
When the presentation is completed, the stress reaction disappears (you chose to stay and deal with the anxiety), tension flows out your body and you will be able to relax.
BAD TRAUMA is when the symptoms continue after the task has been resolved. You’ve completed the presentation to your team but your hands are still sweaty, you’re still breathing rapidly, your mouth is dry and your heart is pounding. The epinephrine is not needed anymore but your body still perceives a threat.
STRESS becomes a problem when the body is constantly in the ‘flight or fight’ mode and…
When it becomes an everyday activity, a way of life; and your body never rests.
Some anxiety is good.
Tension is bad.
But too much pressure creates serious health problems such as:
High Blood Pressure – To name a few potential health concerns.
Describe how you handle stressful situations?