When we face an increased number of demands or view the demands that confront us as difficult or threatening, we need to make a judgement about our ability to cope. If that judgement is, ‹“No, I can’t cope’ then the stress balance can tip into the distress zone as shown in Figure 3. Having too much to do in too little time; dealing with complex tasks without adequate training; promotion into a job for which we are not suited; having too many bills to pay and not enough income; worrying how we will manage if we lose our job; haying domestic problems at the same time as changes at work. These are just a few examples of the kinds of demands that can lead,tQ..distress. Of course, the list could be endless and being Stresswise will help you identify those situations which put you in the distress zone.
Distress can also arise from having too few demands to stimulate you, resulting in boredom and frustration. In this case, perceived ability to cope outweighs demands as shown in Figure 4. Having too little to do or too few demanding tasks can be just as distressful as having too much to do or tackling complex jobs. This situation commonly arises when people retire or are given jobs which do not match their abilities.