Stress: When things are just too much.

Stress can help us meet daily challenges, improve motivation to meet goals, and facilitate personal growth under the right conditions. However, “Bad Stress” is the kind that leaves you feeling completely exhausted and can be harmful to your physical health and mental wellbeing. This kind of stress can be short term (acute) or long term (chronic), and can manifest based upon many situational factors, such as issues with relationships, finances, parenting, and work, for example.

The difference between “good” and “bad” stress is your reaction and feelings regarding the experience, and a good question to ask yourself is: is my stress helping me to become better, or is it harming me mentally, physically and emotionally?

Common Symptoms

Stress can affect people differently. With chronic stress, an individual can experience many negative symptoms, including insomnia, reduced levels of personal and professional performance, and numerous physical and mental conditions that can be affected by many situational factors. An individual may experience negative physical health consequences, engage in “non-optimal” coping strategies, such as over eating or drinking. Oftentimes, stress does not occur alone: it may be accompanied by depression or anxiety, and may include decreased performance, poor concentration, and decisional fatigue.


Stress management includes a wide variety of tools, skills and techniques aimed at controlling and reducing a person’s level of stress, including chronic stress. It may involve altering behavioural patterns and improvement and implementation of regular self care practices for the purpose improving everyday functioning and overall happiness.

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Mission Hill Psychology specializes in stress management. Reach out to us to book in for a 15-minute consultation to see how we can help!