As strange as it may seem, we need stress because it has many positive benefits. Stress provides us with challenges; it gives us a chance to learn about our values and strengths. Stress can demonstrate our ability to handle pressure without breaking, it tests our flexibility and adaptability, it can stimulate us to do our best. Because we usually do not consider unimportant events stressful, stress can also be an excellent indicator of the significance we attach to an event. In other words, it highlights what is important to us.
Some stress, in our lives can be a positive thing, but too much of almost anything can be bad. The goal is to have some stress, but not an excess of it. Too much stress can take its toll on a person. Too much stress leads to distress. Distress causes an uncomfortable tension that we try to escape and preferably avoid. Listed below are a few of the common signs of stress you may find yourself, your family members or coworkers when faced with too much stress;
Difficulty making decisions
Low energy level
Propensity for mistakes
Thoughts about death our suicide
Trouble getting along with others
Withdrawing from others,
Hiding from responsibilities
Stress can be constructive or destructive, encouraging or discouraging, it can move us along or stop us in our tracks, make life meaningful or meaningless. Stress can inspire you to operate successfully and perform at your maximum efficiency in an emergency situation. It can also cause you to panic and forget all your training. The key to your success is your ability to manage the inevitable stresses you encounter. The person who overcomes stress in an emergency situation is the one who works WITH their stress instead of letting their stress work on them.
In the next post we will discuss stressors that may be encountered in an emergency and touch on some of our physical responses to them.
Did you miss Part 1?