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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba


"Life is all about perception. Positive versus negative. Whichever you choose will affect and more than likely reflect your outcomes." - Sonya Teclai

Perception, point of view, and perspective are all synonymous with each other and how this concept correlates to stress is very important. I was reading a Stress Management Handbook by MD Eva Selhub and she was able to dive deep into the power of perception and how this correlates with stress management, we will speak on that later in this blog, but let's first define what perception is.

According to google, perception is "a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something, a mental impression." Therefore your point of view of a situation can make or break you in the short or long run. It's important that whenever you go through a situation whether positive or negative you have an optimistic point of view on it, so that you can endure it and come out on top. These situations which come up in the context of the topic of stress are called stressors. Now stressors are a stimulus that causes stress or triggers your stress response. Stressors are all subject to the individual, which can include financial turmoil, divorce or getting married, increase in financial obligations, moving to a new home, chronic illness, etc. How you view these stressors and stress depends on the manageability and longevity. Now let's go into some excerpts from the Stress Management Handbook by MD Eva Selhub.


Stress Management Handbook by Eva Selhub

  • The key to keeping the stress response under control is PERCEPTION. If your brain perceived a particular situation to be manageable, it would fire the stress response only long enough to motivate the necessary action, like an athlete who is motivated to compete and win a race. It's basically what you call having a positive outlook. Positive perception directly correlate to inner surety or trust in success or manageability of a particular endeavour or challenge. Negative perception, in contrast, is associated with lower self-appraisal and belief in the possibility of a positive outcome occurring.

Therefore it's important to have a positive perception and an optimistic look at life in order to combat your stress so that you can keep your stress response under control. By doing this you are converting your stress into eustress instead of it becoming distress. Eustress and distress are good and bad stress which I will dive into more deeply in another blog, but as I stated earlier in order for you to go through life's challenges your mentality matters just as much as your body reacting to the stress. Your the captain of the ship and your body follows what you perceive. If you perceive you can endure through the stress than your mind opens up and you can figure out solutions to your problems and get ten times better, but if you perceive the contrary your mind shuts down and your problems overcome you. Life is about choices, and whatever you choose or the road you take decides your fate in the long run!! Hope you enjoyed my blog, and stay tuned for tomorrow! Peace! :)

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