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Managing stress and uncertainty

“Stress helps me, distress ruins me” According to Harvard University, between 60% and 90% of appointments made with general practitioners in the West are clearly connected with stress. Extensive studies have demonstrated that the harmful form of stress, known as distress, is caused by the poor capacity we often reveal in managing our own emotions. This inability is particularly evident in interpersonal conflicts, which generate high levels of frustration, resentment and anger which very often lead to the isolation which typically results from broken emotional ties. When we regularly feel isolated, we can be 5 times as likely to fall ill. It is very important to understand that stress is not a purely negative factor which undermines our health and makes us less efficient. There is a component of stress known as eustress which increases concentration, improves our capacity to learn and memorise and helps us see things with more perspective. There is, though, another component, the distress referred to earlier, which has quite the opposite effect.

ISSUES COVERED:

  • Nature, causes, origins, consequences and ways of managing stress.
  • Mechanisms for survival and adaptation.
  • Nature of fear.
  • The Vegetative Nervous System: Sympathetic system and parasympathetic system.
  • Strategies for disconnecting the Sympathetic Nervous System and activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System.
  • Response of Relaxation, Sophrology, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Mindfulness

Recommended reading: The Path of the Hero in the book "Living is an Urgent Matter", published by Aguilar.