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Why Eustress Is Good Stress

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Why Eustress Is Good Stress
Eustress, or good stress, includes feeling happy, accomplished, and excited. It's the opposite of distress. Here's what to know about eustress, including examples and ways to make it a part of your every day.

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Eustress: The Good Stress

Eustress: The Good Stress

Most of us think of stress as something negative, akin to anxiety.

  • Positive stress, also called eustress, is the other end of the spectrum where exciting, stressful events provide us with a chemical rush and motivation.
  • Distress is when one is overwhelmed with negative emotions and feelings of inadequacy when faced with certain circumstances, leading to anxiety and depression.

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Eustress: Outside The Comfort Zone

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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Eustress In Life

  • At work, eustress is the fine balance when tackling a challenging project, which is not unrealistic. Distress is what comes from impossible projects, impositions and toxic work culture.
  • Our hobbies and personal interests have to be moderately challenging and provide us with fulfilment and satisfaction. One has to be in the learning zone, which leads to growth.
  • Travel is stressful yet thrilling and is always a great learning experience.
  • Exercise is basically stressing out your body to improve strength, muscle growth and stamina.

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Inject Eustress In Your Life

One can include positive stress by:

  1. Learning something new every day.
  2. Move out of your comfort zone by taking new responsibilities.
  3. Exercising daily.
  4. Set professional and personal goals that are not that difficult.

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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.

Benefits of eustress

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 positively to challenging situations.
  • Self-efficacy. Your judgment of how you carry out a required task is a measure of your level of self-efficacy. People with high self-efficacy may set higher goals and be motivated to achieve them.

Understanding Stress

  • Dealing with Stress is imperative as it is unavoidable in modern life.
  • Our work, family and our finances create daily stress and other external factors (like politics and terrorism) co...

Your Perception About Stress

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.

Exposure to Stress

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.

Cognitive Reframing

It's a method of looking at things in ways that create less stress and promote a greater sense of peace and control. 

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Learn About Thinking Patterns

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.

Notice Your Thoughts

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.