6 Myths About Stress

There are many myths about stress and what you don’t know about stress can hurt you. In the book, The Stress Solution, Lyle Miller and Alma Smith refer to 6 myths about stress. Once you know these, you can change your perceptions and beliefs around stress.

 

6 Myths About Stress

Here are the 6 myths about stress that Lyle Miller and Alma Smith refer to.

Myth #1: Stress is the Same for Everybody

Reality: Stress is different for each of us. What is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another.

Myth #2: Stress is Always Bad for You

Reality: stress can be bad for you, however it can also be good for you. The key issue is how we manage stress. Managed stress can make us productive and happy, however mismanaged stress can harm or even kill people.

Myth #3: Stress is Everywhere and You Cannot Do Anything About It

Reality: incorrect. You can become aware of your stressors, so that stress does not overwhelm you. You can do this by setting your priorities and focusing on simple challenges first, solving them and then moving towards the next challenge.

Myth #4: The Most Popular Techniques for Reducing Stress are the Best Ones

Reality: not necessarily. We are all different – our lives are different, our situations are different and our reactions are different. Therefore, the only way effectively manage stress is to design an individual program tailored to individual needs.

Myth #5: No Symptoms, No Stress

Reality: absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. Also – remember people can be good at camouflaging stress symptoms.

Myth #6: Only Major Stress Symptoms Require Attention

Reality: absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. Also – remember people can be good at camouflaging stress symptoms.

 

I hope this has given you some insight in to the myths about stress. Are there any further myths you would add? If so, feel free to share them below.

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Reference –

Miller, L., & Smith, A. (1993). The Stress Solution – An Action Plan to Manage the Stress in Your Life. New York, USA: Pocket Books.

 

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