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What is stress

Do you know that too? You jump out of bed in the morning, quickly jump into the shower while the coffee is already running. As always, you take it standing up and then into the car. Your lunch is skipped because you have to answer e-mails and the phone doesn't take a break either.

Everyone knows stressful situations, they are everywhere - at work as well as in private life. If external stimuli create psychological and physical tension, it is, according to the definition, stress. If it has a permanent effect on us, it can make you sick.

To avoid stress, it is important to find out exactly which stress triggers are upsetting you. This is the only way to counteract stress in the relevant situation. Examples of frequent stress factors are constant availability via cell phone and other communication channels, double workloads from family and work, or deadline pressure.

Read here how to identify stressors.

reduce stress

Nobody goes through life completely stress-free. The body and mind need a certain amount of stress. But too much negative stress makes you sick in the long run. So it is important to find the right balance and the right amount.

That is why it is important to learn to reduce your own stress. The right method for doing this varies from person to person. For some, a short walk in the fresh air helps, others react to sport, relaxation exercises often help and still others can only reduce their stress if they work on their inner attitude.

Use these tips to find the right strategy to relieve stress.

Autogenic training

Try out an effective relaxation method: autogenic training. It is scientifically proven to reduce stress. You put yourself in a hypnotic state in which certain physical functions, such as breathing and pulse, are brought into a quieter state through mental concentration.

Read here how autogenic training works exactly

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

If you are more pragmatic, Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation may be suitable for you. Jacobson discovered that a stressed person becomes more relaxed when he specifically tenses his body muscles first and then loosens them again - for example by pressing his lips together or clenching his hands into a fist.

People who are struggling with muscle tension due to too much stress, often in the neck or back, benefit from the method in particular.

Read more about progressive muscle relaxation here or perform the resting exercise with our step-by-step instructions.

Eustress and distress

Stress means something like "tension" or "bending". Actually, stress is a completely normal reaction to the outside world and causes people to act, react or perform at their best. Everyone needs challenges and a certain amount of stress.

So stress in itself is not a bad thing: the heart is beating, all senses are sharpened, the muscles are prepared for attack or flight. Without the right dose of adrenaline, life would be bland and boring.

That is why experts differentiate between two types of stress: The positively perceived tension is called eustress - in contrast to distress, which has a negative effect on mental and physical health. But be careful: Eustress can quickly turn into distress!

You can read here how to differentiate between the two types of stress: Distress and Eustress.

Tips for a good mood

In everyday life there are often situations that lead to a bad mood: arguments in the family or difficulties at work are just two examples. But there are ways to lighten the mood again. This includes doing the things you enjoy - including listening to your favorite music or being creative.

Read more about how to improve your mood here.

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