Not all stress is bad. This may sound like a funny statement after we just gave a very informative webinar on managing stress. But it is true. Good stress can help us learn, can help us to push through scary situations – like giving a public talk, or asking your boss for a raise.

You’re going to experience bouts of stress throughout your life, so it is important to know what is good stress and what is bad stress and how to manage both. When people talk about managing stress, they are generally talking about the negative kind of stress. Negative stress can be the result of a life change like loss of employment or illness.  Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Some types of negative stress are:

  1. Acute Stress: This often occurs after a traumatic event involving a serious injury or sudden death.
  2. Chronic Stress: this happens when someone is exposed to a recurring stressor.

Stress is helpful in short bursts, but its ongoing presence can have a detrimental effect. This is something that you want to avoid and what we’ve covered in the webinar.

Learning how to manage stress can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems.  Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, insomnia, or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause. In order to know for sure, learn the ways to manage stress, and don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

Mental health and stress are talked about in the media more and more these days and for good reason. We all need some help if we’re struggling. Particularly as this article is being written, we’re in the middle of the COVID pandemic. This pandemic is hitting everyone differently. Even if certain people or businesses appear to be thriving and doing “okay” they too may be affected by stress. In fact, it is probably a given. It is no shame to be having a hard time with stress, this is why we recorded this helpful webinar.

We identify several ways to manage stress and they are available to anyone, you just need to know about them. Please watch the webinar to find out more and contact our office to see how we can help you.