Stress is a term that is thrown around all the time! The research involving stress shows that stress impacts many areas of our lives.
Stress has become such a pervasive component in our lives as Americans, that the American Psychological Association has developed a campaign called the Mind/Body Health campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to educate us about how lifestyle and behaviors can affect our health and wellness.
In the 2014 Stress in America Survey, the APA reports, “The average reported stress level of adults is higher than the level of stress they believe is healthy.”
Disturbingly, the study found that our teenagers are also experiencing stress.
The survey says, “regardless of the high levels of stress that teens report and the symptoms of stress they report experiencing, they often do not know what to do to manage their stress. Nearly half (42 percent) of teens say they either are not doing enough to manage their stress or they are not sure if they are doing enough to manage it.”
It is becoming more important to manage our stress so we can help our young people develop tools to help them, too.
Karl Albrecht is considered one of the founders of identifying types of stress. Today we will look at the four types of stress that he has identified and see how we can treat it.
1) Time stress
2) Anticipatory stress
3) Situational stress
4) Encounter stress
This is a very common form of stress. It happens whenever you worry about time.
This would include getting to places on time, feeling upset in traffic, or worrying that you don't have enough time to complete projects or assignments. You might find yourself worrying about the number of things that you have to do, or that you will miss important deadlines. This can lead to feeling frustrated, unhappy or hopeless.
Time management strategies are the best way to reduce time stress. Setting priorities on what is possible within a certain time frame makes it is easier to reduce this stress.
There are several different systems to choose from, ranging from to-do lists, to calendars or apps to help you manage your time.