New Method of Stress Management: Stress Transformation and Sthenic Reaction

Stress, as most people use these words, really reflects the response you have in stressful situations. This is a "fight or flight" reaction. It is a normal and unconscious preparation of all internal systems – muscles, emotions, adrenaline, will – in response to stress as a threat. You are either threatened or you run away from it. The cost to you internally is terrible. Any such reaction reduces the ability of the system to respond, such as using the knife bad edge always so little with each use. The sharp edge restores the knife but removes a few layers of the knife, shortening its useful life. But there is another way to deal with stressful situations so that your internal systems have a completely different – and strengthening – response. This is transforming stressful situations into an opportunity to increase the growth of personal activity.

The goal of treating stress is to get your body from "fight or flight" as soon as possible. Most flow management systems teach you how to do this, or to minimize the response. Things like meditation, deep breathing, work out, time management – all of these can and should be used to reduce the severity of stress reactions. The next stage of treatment of stressful conditions is to completely remove this reaction. And the greater treatment of stress is to replace this with positive physical responses, which actually adds to all response systems.

What is the opposite of "fight or flight"? My online searches mostly came with "relaxation response" but this seems to be insufficient. This is really the state that the body moves into after a mess of "fight or flight." It seems less like a contrast and more like a consequence. I continued searching and found words that I had never heard before: Sthenic. This is defined by the American Heritage® dictionary of English language, 4th edition as "strong, bright or active." It is defined by The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia as "strong, strong, characterized by energy limits or energy functions, as objects or organs of animals." This is a much better definition of the state you want to be in when it is exposed to stressful conditions.

So how do you go from "battle or flight" to the state to the concrete? By transforming stressful situations from perceiving a threat to perceiving opportunities. Think about your reaction when you have a positive opportunity or even just curious about opportunities. Your feelings tend to be positive, your internal responses are open and accept and your mental state is one of the expectations, not fear or suffering.

You usually find stress when you think your limit is pushed. This can be your emotional goals pushed by someone's death you love, or your self-esteem is pushed for fear of a new job at work. It could be your comfort threshold to push by speaking publicly. It may be your concern to push the frustration to be in the position you have been out of employment or education. Sometimes, your goals are actually attacked, like in a Muslim in the dark alley or offensive at a league meeting.

Your body correctly and accurately detects this as a threat. The "fight or flight" condition is necessary to order your physical and emotional integrity. So you need to get your body and mind in the concrete as soon as possible to achieve the highest level of your personal success. This is very similar to how the martial arts deals with attack. A martial artist aims to be in a position out of battle. This is the source of common phrases "there is no first attack in karate" for example. But when an attack occurs, the martial arts reacts to it and plans to return to battle status as soon as possible. This is the origin of common words "to kill one blow" in karate, or more often: "one punch, one kills." This is probably holdover from Samurai days, when one blow with the sword could kill your opponent (or you.) The words apply to both ways. Although no martial arts plans to kill the opponent or offender, the intention is to complete the fight, favorable to you, as soon as possible.

Since you are aware of situations when you are solving problems, or just interested in learning more about content, the secret is to turn stressful conditions into curiosity. What chance is there if you get the strain? What prize is on the limit you are pushing? How can this problem be solved in your favor? It is about a "battle or flight" reaction in the stern reaction of power, power and functionality.

Practicing this attitude towards stressful conditions will reduce stress in your life. It will make your relationships smoother and less dramatic. It will allow you to be quiet in the middle of a mess, because while everyone else is despising on indecision, you have to look at it as a mystery that will be solved. You can then transform every stressful situation into a positive opportunity and really look forward to these circumstances. Crazy, ha?


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