Stress in health and disease is medically, sociologically, and philosophically the most meaningful subject for humanity that I can think of’. -Hans Selye
What pops into your head when you think about stress? Is it something positive or negative? Does it affect your body, your mind, or both? We all know what stress feels like. Racing heart, sweaty palms, tense muscles - the whole shebang. Beneath these symptoms lies a complex system of stimulus (stressor) and response (stress). One of the earliest and most renowned stress researchers, Hans Selye, recognised already in the mid-1900s that our stress response impacts almost every organ system in the human body. The stressors, or the cause, can vary in nature (physical, chemical, or psychological) and valence (positive/negative). Selye, a fan of creating new terms, referred to positive stress as eustress and negative stress as distress. He also split the stress response into three stages: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Towards the end of his career, Selye took on the view that stress is not what happens to you, but how you react to it. Hopefully, the better we understand how stress works in the body, the more we can optimise our reactions. We are holding a Topic Meeting on ‘Making Sense of Stress' as part of QS Practical Brain Research series. It will include proper scientific understanding of stress from both neurochemical, emotional, and behavioral point of view.
And, let me stress :-) that most importantly, you can learn and/or share your very own very practical anti-stress toolkit for everyday life.
So come and join us or just write us what else you would like to learn, discuss, and share in the future
Entry is voluntary, recommended donation is 10 USD. All the money goes towards supporting further brain research and making it's latest inventions available and useful for everyone. Best regards