Stress is simply the body’s response to changes when under pressure. According to the findings in a study by the American Psychological Association, Latinos reported the highest stress across four major sources of stress including money, employment, family responsibilities and health concerns.
Let’s face it. Latina’s are known for their firey hot tempers. This may be a stereotype but the truth is that as we take on more challenging roles in our lives, we sometimes just need some help in managing our stress. Responses to “bad” stress or distress can manifest in our bodies and minds as:
- High blood pressure
For those of us that have suffered through any of these conditions, we have tried to manage and even abolish stress from our lives but…
Stress is not always a bad thing!
Did you know that there is “good stress”? The actual term for it is Eustress (Ironically sounds like YouStress)
Eustress, or positive stress, has the following characteristics:
- Focuses energy.
- Feels exciting.
- Improves performance.
When I work with clients, part of my job is to help them identify the kind of stress they are experiencing and where it comes from, then explore ways to transform DISTRESS into EUSTRESS. Often the difference between good stress and bad stress is a simple mindset adjustment. But because the mindset is new, it takes a little getting used to.
Making the Leap
One of the ways we transmute (change to a higher form) stress is just to examine how a thing that freaks us out, is actually meant to serve us.
Freaking out about… Online dating. Is really just a chance to… GET TO KNOW SOMEONE.
Freaking out about… Passing a test. Is really just a chance to… STUDY or work towards something that will move us forward in life.
Freaking out about…Traveling or moving to a new place. Is really just a chance to… LEARN about and ADAPT to new routines and cultures.
Freaking out about…Showing up places alone. Is really just a chance to… NETWORK and CONNECT with others so we can grow ourselves and our businesses.
Freaking out about…Public speaking. Is really just a chance to… PERFORM at our best when we work or play. DEVELOP NEW SKILLS especially where we have to practice to improve.
Freaking out about…Rejection. Is really just a chance to… Find the silver lining in something so we can grow. Dive deeper into developing what we truly love and believe about our selves.
Any time we are out of our comfort zones, but can understand that we are working towards something wonderful or we allow ourselves to feel excited or challenged in a good way, GOOD stress has a chance to work.
If you need help getting from one point to another, reach out to me. For more information on how to work with me visit my COACHING PAGE.