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Understanding the two-types of stress and how it affects us

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When you hear the word stress, what thoughts often come to your mind? For most, I would have to guess a mixture of negative thoughts associated with the word; stress with work, stress about finances, stress about life in general. However, stress is not bad at all.  In a lot of cases, stress can actually be good.  As long as you can change your outlook on how stress affects your life and you can be mindful of why you are experiencing it, stress can be a powerful motivator in your life.  


What is stress?

Stress is your body's response to certain situations. Stress is subjective. Something that may be stressful for one person -- speaking in public, for instance -- may not be stressful for someone else. Not all stresses are "bad" either. For example, getting a new job promotion to a management position may be considered a "good" stress.

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De-stress After Work with a Float Session

De-stress After Work with a Float Session

There are many kinds of jobs in the world. From high paying to low paying, social to solitary, mentally to physically focused, they all have one thing in common: stress. 40% of workers self-report their job as “very or extremely stressful.” Another 25% of employees say they see their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. What’s more, work-related stress is associated with health problems more than any other stressor in life. Many feel work life today is much more stressful than it was a generation ago.

There are many reasons why stress is a growing problem in the workforce today. What’s more clear cut are the health effects of stress. When your body goes through a stress response, you might experience elevated heart rate, tightening of muscles, fast breathing, and elevated blood pressure. This is your body’s way of preparing you for a fight or flight response. If you’re at work, neither fight nor flight can really help you; you have to do your job, and even though your body is reacting this way, your life is not usually in any real danger.

Unfortunately, this knowledge doesn’t prevent the negative health effects of stress. Those who report chronic stress from work tend to constantly feel overwhelmed, even when they’re at home. They become easily upset and often feel lonely and depressed. Physically, they tend to experience decreased energy, digestive trouble, insomnia, frequent colds, and pain all over the body.

Stress builds on itself and is not an easy problem to solve. Understanding your stress response is irrational doesn’t change your body’s conviction in its importance. The best way to tackle stress is a physical approach, and floatation therapy can help.