Eustress: Not All Types of Stress are Bad For You

Did you know some types of stress can be good for you?

Eustress is a type of stress that can be good for you.

Understanding the different types of stress can help you to deal with stress effectively.

You probably think that you can do with a lot less stress in your life.

Both chronic stress and acute stress have been implicated in many stress-related illnesses.

But stress has been integral for survival.

The caveman who narrowly escapes the jaws of a saber-tooth tiger thanks to the boost of adrenaline and the stress response.

But surely it is different today? We need stress about as much saber-tooth-hunting gear, right?

Wrong!

But we need stress just as much today as we did in caveman times.

Have you ever felt the thrill and excitement when you won a game?

The accomplishment of a challenge?

The feeling of being loved?

If so, then that extra energy that you feel, the effect of adrenaline coursing through your bloodstream is eustress.

This is often felt as excitement, enthusiasm, or the motivation to take on a challenge.

Good stress provides that sense of challenge and motivation that can lead to greater performances.

The stress hormones from the fight or flight response can improve your athletic performance, heighten your awareness, and give you a greater sense of purpose.

Good stress is about remaining alert and rising to the challenges that you face in your day-to-day living.

Research also shows that eustress boosts immune functioning.

The contemporary definition of stress highlights that stress is in the eye of the beholder.

Learning to see stress as a positive element can help you to see the causes of stress as a challenge to be met (positive learning experience) rather than an obstacle to overcome (negative outlook).

By changing the way that you view a potentially stressful event, by a adopting a positive mental attitude or using positive thinking skills, you build stress resilience and reduce the potentially damaging effects of stress.

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