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Most of us think of stress as something negative, akin to anxiety.
Eustress makes us grow emotionally (inspiration), psychologically (resilience) and physically (body-building challenge).
Eustress creates excitement, satisfaction, fulfilment, meaning, well-being and the satisfaction of a challenge. It is something positive that is taking us out of our comfort zone. Example: Relocating due to getting a new job in a different city.
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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) ...
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 focused when faced with a challenge you think you can handle.
Eustress has many benefits, especially for ambitious people who enjoy an exciting challenge.
With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.
Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.
Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.
It's a method of looking at things in ways that create less stress and promote a greater sense of peace and control.
It means changing the way you look at something and thus cha...
Educate yourself about thinking patterns that may exacerbate your stress levels (for example, being aware of common cognitive distortions).
This process is important for laying the groundwork for understanding and change.
Become more mindful of your thoughts, as though you're an observer.
Once you become more of an observer, it's easier to notice your thoughts rather than remaining caught up in them.