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Everyone talks about stress, but that is also a reason for a lot of myths to exist. Let's uncover the truth.
We tend to think that any time we are not feeling quite well, it might be stress. However, it can have many forms (and things can happen for a lot of different reasons) that it is important to debunk some myths.
"Stress is another word for anxiety"
A lot of people think they are not stressed because they don't tend to feel anxious or panicky in any way.
However, this is a myth. Stress can happen in many forms, and it is, above all things, a reaction or response to a situation, or a motivation to respond. It is not necessarily a cause for anxiety.
"Stress is always bad"
As stated above, we know now that stress is a response or reaction to a situation so, naturally, it is safe to assume that the belief that it is always bad is just a myth. On certain occasions, stress will translate to motivation and alertness, and that is not bad.
However, you need to control these feelings because they can quickly consume energy, thought it should be noticed that stress for something good (let's say, you are planning a wedding) and for something bad (for example, your job is in jeopardy) will make you react in different ways.
"Stress from passed situations does not affect you now"
A huge part of how we respond to current situations is conditioned by what happened to us before. So, simply put, this is a huge myth. Stress from the past might not directly stress you now, but that doesn't mean that it can't affect you.
According to experts, being able to stay reflective is a safety net. This is why mindfulness practice can help you promote an overall sense of safety and use those conditions to help you move on.