There are four types of stress and these are the following:
1) Eustress, which occurs during strenuous activities, enthusiasm, activities wherein extreme imagination is included, inspiration, motivation, and stimulation is necessitated; this is typically experienced by those sportsmen who are about to compete; it is actually a positive stress (National.., 2006).
2) Distress, which happens when changes and adjustments are made especially if such activities are considered routine; it consequently leads to feelings of uneasiness and unfamiliarity; this is usually experienced by those who move from one place to another and those who change jobs too often (National.
3) Hyperstress, which results when a person goes over his or her limits or what he or she can typically handle; if such happens, even little issues exceedingly irritate them, consequently, exhibiting a strong emotional response; this is typically experienced by those who are overworked (National.., 2006).
4) Hypostress, which happens when a person feels bored and experiences no challenges in his or her life; people who go through hyperstress are usually agitated, impatient and restless; they usually live a life that’s uninspired as well; this kind of stress are typically experienced by those who perform monotonous acts like factory, office workers, etc who carry out their functions repetitively (National.
The aforementioned have effects and it includes the following circumstances or conditions: “headache, tension, extreme tiredness, sleeping problems, eating problems, increase in heart rate, too much sweating, decreased sex drive, rashes in the skin, blurry vision, infections, hot-tempered, loss of appetite/excessive eating, inability to focus, loss of commitment, loss of motivation for work, etc” (BUPA’s.
Minimizing and Managing Stress
There are countless ways of minimizing stress, as well as, its effects:
Experts suggest non-prescription options like 5-HTP, Kava Kava, SAM-e, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian (National.., 2006). The aforementioned have been used in a number of clinical trials and have been reported to be useful in relieving stress, as well as, symptomatic anxiety (National.., 2006).
According to one of the famous wellness centers, to lessen stress, it is important to do the following: breathe; hum; laugh; listen to music; play with a child; re-read your favorite children’s book; sing in the shower; smile; take a walk; and utilize calming self-talk (Mendez.., n.d.).
Last but not least, the following are extremely essential as well: thinking positively, remembering the good in your life, believing that all problems may be solved; counting to ten to help you relax before reacting to a stressful situation; getting a massage for the tense muscles or the muscles located in the upper back, as well as, at the back of the neck; taking the time to relax and enjoying activities that are interesting; and speaking to family and friends about your emotions so that they can help you get it out of your chest (U.S.., 2007).