With Covid, war and climate crisis, topics dominate our everyday life that trigger stress and fear of more and more people. Often these feelings have negative connotations and are portrayed as damaging or as a risk factor. However, with the right knowledge of how we can positively influence and use stress and anxiety, this does not necessarily have to be the case.
“Don’t be afraid of stress” therefore also says Prof. Dr. Silke Heuse, who has put a focus on the topics “eco-stress” and “eco-anxiety” in her research and work. As an expert on the topic of “stress management in clinical and professional contexts,” among other things, she knows that “adverse effects can be averted through a changed view of stress, i.e., through a changed mindset.” One just has to know “how stress can be positively influenced and used.” Because, Silke Heuse continues, “With a view that stress can also be beneficial, stress factors are experienced as less aversive.”
Specifically, this means:
- Stress does not always have to be a bad thing
- Stress management can be practiced
- Resources help to cope with stress requirements
Prof. Dr. Silke Heuse is program coordinator and in the lead of studies in psychology at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences, Campus Hamburg. She conducts research in the areas of “Health Psychology”, “Clinical Psychology” and “Medical Psychology” and works on stress management in clinical and professional contexts, among others.
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