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The two sides of stress: distress and eustress

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Not all stress is bad

A common misconception is that stress is bad and should be minimized at all cost.

However, depending on the particular stressors and your reaction, stress can be harmful (distress) or beneficial (eustress).

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Distress causes anxiety, while eustress is exciting. Distress can lead to procrastination, while eustress increases motivation.

Distress can impact your productivity, creativity, and mental health. Eustress is a short-term response and makes you feel energized and focu...

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Eustress has many benefits, especially for ambitious people who enjoy an exciting challenge.

  • Flow. When in flow, our attention is fully engaged, enjoying the absorption.
  • Resilience. Eustress is based on perception and helps you to react more...

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Eustress is a positive reaction to stress and is based on perception. The potential sources of eustress vary between people.

Examples of stress which are commonly seen as positive include learning a new skill, starting a new job, going on a holiday, starting a family, moving, playing c...

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