Eustress

Stress is normally associated with a negative impact. But are all stresses the same? Some stress can be more detrimental to your well-being and some can be healthy. One of the healthy stresses is Eustress which is also known as Good Stress.

Eustress is a good or positive form of stress that you experience when facing fun and good challenges. Eustress can help you stay motivated and make you feel proud and good about our life.

Eustress produces positive feelings such as excitement, satisfaction, and fulfillment. It is good because it makes you feel confident, adequate, and stimulated by the challenge we experience from the stressor. 

Eustress vs Distress

Eustress is the feeling of excitement or upcoming challenge and it contains mixed feelings such as pride, resilience, and eagerness 

In comparison, Distress is typically accompanied by feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, which are perceived as negative and unwanted.

Examples of Eustress.

Eustress is associated with positive outcomes. To understand this type of good stress, it is helpful to consider a few different examples of when it may occur. People can experience eustress when they feel confident in their ability to solve a problem or cope with a situation. In comparison, distress occurs when people could not manage or face any challenges due to fear or anxiety. 

Some examples of a situation that could trigger Eustress:

Starting a new job

A new job can be stressful as you are excited to learn new things and meet new people. However, this type of stress has characteristics that can turn it into a positive outcome.

Physical exercise goal

If you can get into the mindset that your workout is a challenge rather than a threat, you will experience the positive benefits of eustress. Setting a workout goal and working towards it can be one example.

Traveling

Yes, traveling can be stressful especially when you are in a completely new environment,  a place where a different language is spoken and cultural customs are far from your everyday norm. However, after all the effort that you put in through the whole journey it builds your confidence, and sense of achievement and yes it is worth the work.

Getting to know someone

Making a new friend, romantic interest, colleague, or new office builds good stress. The rush of excitement that you go through helps you to learn more and grow as an individual as you are looking forward to what the other person has to offer.

Eustress is considered good stress because it helps in boosting memory. Other than that, it also boosts happy hormones in the body like endorphins, dopamine, and others.  In the longer term, eustress helps us keep working at things especially when the going gets tough.

Managing Your Stress

Stress is simply the byproduct of trying to control something that we have no control over. With this in mind, the goal isn’t to eliminate stress but to manage it. 

Eustress tends to be easier to manage. Because we feel capable of coping with it. It’s important to manage Eustress and not try to eliminate it, or it could very well transform into distress.

Distress can lead to health risks if it is not managed. This type of stress can be managed when one accepts the emotional experience, and add mind-calming activities to their daily routine eg. yoga and meditation. If you find that you are unable to manage it by yourself you should seek support. Get help from your family or healthcare providers and change your life for the better.

In short, stress can be good! Eustress helps us achieve things of meaning and value to us, leading us to feel better about ourselves – and grow in confidence and stature.

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