Find YOUR Type of Stress

By: Rachel Carpenter

 January is a month that marks a new calendar year and new beginnings! Maybe 2019 was stressful and you want to kick those feelings to the curb—or better yet develop a means of tolerating the stress you may experience. But like a doctor can’t prescribe the treatment without the diagnosis, you can’t develop stress tolerance without knowing where it comes from! Today we’re going to look at the various types of stress with a few practicesAccording to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are 3 different types of stress — acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress. 


Firstly, there is acute stress.

Acute stress deals mostly with worry over past actions, conversations, or events. This often includes developing negative scenarios about what

took place or what could occur because of it. In your career, this might be over a conversation gone wrong with a client or a service you didn’t perform well.

The best way to practice acute stress tolerance is by taking a deep breath and putting whatever happened in perspective. Regardless of what happened, you are still a beauty professional. Focusing solely on the negatives keeps you in stress and makes you forget what got you this far in your career.



Secondly, there is episodic stress.

Episodic stress is common for those who often experience acute stress. This may be those who struggle with anxiety or those who work in a very fast-paced and rushed career setting. It may be easier for someone working in the beauty industry to experience episodic stress, as our business can be very fast-paced and unpredictable.


One way to develop stress tolerance for episodic stress could include talking to a counselor. Mental health is very important, not only for success in your career but for your well-being. Having someone professional to talk with when experiencing episodic stress is necessary for practicing stress tolerance. Even talking to a friend about what you may be experiencing can help.


Lastly, there is chronic stress. 

Chronic stress can be caused by a variety of things. It often stems from continuous bad situations, such as a poor work environment or unemployment. Chronic stress can be very severe, potentially leading to suicide or self- harm.

 Chronic stress tolerance sometimes means seeking medical attention or psychological treatment. Chronic stress without seeking help can be very dangerous. If you or a loved one have symptoms of chronic stress, it is important to get help immediately.


Talking about the different types of stress there are makes it easier to determine what you are struggling with and the best way to treat it, not only for your career performance but

for yourself. Stress tolerance is important but it’s impossible without stress identification.



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