Stress myths are, unfortunately, believed by many people. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s time to forgo the stress lies and seek out the true facts about stress. That’s where we come in! This article gets to the truth about stress. Now, let’s talk about the five common stress myths.
5 DANGEROUS STRESS MYTHS
- Stress is unavoidable. This is a fatalist concept and one that is not true. The key to avoiding stress is to know your stress trigger. Become aware of events, people or experiences that trigger your strong stress response. Write them down. Discuss them with your friend or partner so you can get support. Either avoid these triggers or learn how to manage your stress. By learning stress reduction practices, you can learn how to become stress resilient.
- Anxiety and stress are the same. One of the most common stress lies is that stress and anxiety are synonymous, but that’s not true. Stress and anxiety are not the same things. Stress is a response to a threat. It’s acute, in a short-term event, or it is chronic, a long-term situation. Anxiety is your response to chronic, long-term stress. Anxiety is a psychological disorder. This is when you worry all the time, can’t think clearly or sleep. Anxiety is like a psychological cancer eating at your sense of serenity and confidence.
- Stress is a positive driver for success. There is negative stress and positive stress. Negative stress, when you experience a fight or flight sensation, physical or mental problems, is not a motivator. When you can look forward to an event or challenge we call this eustress which is good stress. This is a good motivator, but negative chronic stress is a serious health concern.
- Drinks will help your stress. The facts are drinking actually fuels your stress. Alcohol stimulates the production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Stress is the same for everyone. Each of us experiences stress differently. About half of your stress response is inherited and the other is dependent on your past and present environment. Some people are more stress resilient than others. Individuals may get physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, GI problems, or chronic pain. Others may have psychological symptoms such as anger, fear, worry, volatility, or withdrawal.