What Is Good Stress? Can There Be a Positive Side to It? - Growth Freaks

What Is Good Stress? Can There Be a Positive Side to It?

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Specialists warn people of the dangers of stress. Most people complain that stress is making day-to-day tasks increasingly hard for them to deal with. Thus, it’s difficult to believe that stress can also be good. In fact, there is such a thing as good stress. What is good stress, you ask? Good stress, also known under the name of “eustress”, is what we feel when we’re excited about something. This type of stress can actually be beneficial, so we think it’s worth exploring. Let’s see what exactly good stress entails and how you can make it work for you.

What Is Good Stress?

As we’ve already mentioned, good stress is what we feel when something excites us. We’re aware of the fact that there’s no real threat or anything else that should worry us, yet our body still goes through some changes. For instance, there’s a change in our hormones, our pulse quickens, our breathing might accelerate, and so on. There are many things that can make you feel this way, and most of them are what makes life exciting. Think about it, how else would you feel alive if not by experiencing good stress?

Examples of Good Stress

Now that we’ve cleared up what good stress is, we thought it would be useful to also provide you with some common examples of it.

1. Setting a Goal

One of the main examples of good stress is that stress you feel when you’ve just set a goal that makes you excited about the future and about working towards achieving it. In order for this type of stress not to turn into bad stress, it’s important not to pressure yourself into achieving your goal fast, but to provide yourself with all the time you need.

2. Experiencing an Important Life Change

Regardless of whether you’re walking down the aisle to get married, you just heard you got a huge promotion, or you found out you’re pregnant, all of these events are life changes that can cause good stress. Sure, you’re nervous about what’s going to be like to start a new job, and you’re unsure of what to expect from such an important life change, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not excited to find out as well.

3. Traveling

There are people who are indeed scared of traveling and who get extremely anxious when they have to do it. Still, most people enjoy it, and they only experience good stress at the prospect of it. If you’re familiar with that feeling you get the morning you wake up to go to the airport, that flutter in your stomach, the goosebumps you feel when boarding, then you’ve definitely experienced travel-related positive stress.

4. Falling in Love

Falling in love has a lot in common with anxiety. Whenever we experience one of these two things, we stimulate the amygdala and all the related neurotransmittors. That is why, until you know for sure that the other person feels the same way and you start a relationship with them, you’re in a constant state of stress and uncertainty.

We hope today’s guide has managed to answer the question “What is good stress?” and provide you with some relatable examples of how this type of stress feels. If you want to find out more about making stress work for you, take a look at the video below.

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Author: Amanda Knowles