Know Your Stress

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Stress Definition – There is no clear definition of stress completely accepted within the medical and mental health communities. The most widely recognized was written by 1960‘s famed psychologist Richard S. Lazarus. He states, “Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”

WARNING: If have thoughts of hurting yourself and/or others, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately.

Know Your Stress

Identify and reduce stressors that hold you back from living and working to your full potential. Managing stress is vital to your success; stop stressing, start living.

  • Stress about the success or failure of your practice.
  • Worry about finances, relationships, or your future so much it keeps you up at night.
  • Suffer from headaches, muscle tension, digestive issues, or sleep problems.
  • Find yourself irritable, less patient, and argue with others more often.
  • Hide from your team, friends, and family because you can’t take it anymore.
  • Your practice is successful and you proactively work on areas of opportunity.
  • You sleep peacefully, waking each morning with energy and excitement for work.
  • Your body shows no signs of distress while you work and play to your full potential.
  • You have easy, effective conversations with your team, friends and family.
  • You step out into your environment, engaging those around your knowing you are capable of handling everything on your plate.

Get to Know Your Stress By Learning About These Three Topics

Types of Stress-When People Know Better, They Do Better.

Know the three types of stress most people experience so you can develop the right plan for you.

There are three types of stress most people encounter.

Situational Stress – Events, activities, or situations that occur in your daily life that bring out your stress response. For example: difficult patients, bills, relationships, and meetings.Types-of-Stress

Psychological Stress – When you feel unequipped to handle a situation or think in a negative or exaggerated way about the past, present or perceived future. For example: phobias, insecurities, low self-esteem, perfectionism.

Physiological Stress – The way your body physically responds to stress that creates unhealthy and/or harmful consequences. For example: smoking, headaches, body pains, excessive exercise, and weight gain or loss.

When you know the type of stress you are under, you will be able to manage it better.

For more information on Types of Stress, read more here.

Stress Producers-You Only Find Balance When You Know What’s Out Of Balance.

You only find balance when you know what’s out of balance.

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Stress producers are those specific situations that trigger your stress response. The first step in reducing your stress is to know what your stress producers are so that you can create an appropriate plan to counterbalance your response. Common stress producers are someone cutting you off in traffic, your kids not following your instructions, limited funds to pay bills, smoking, insomnia, or relationship problems.

Identify your stress producer, or trigger, here.

Stress Response-It’s Your Choice, Choose Wisely.

Identify how you respond to stress so you can maintain effective behaviors and change negative ones.

How we respond to stress producers determines the level of stress we feel, the impact it has on our physical body, and how long our response lasts. Consider the following two charts:


Your stress response is the single most important focus for successful stress management. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. You also can’t achieve what you don’t plan for. Plan to respond differently to your triggers.

Click here for a list of healthy stress responses.