Exploring the Types of Stress


There are two main types of stress and what many people don’t realize is that some stress is good stress. I’ll explore both types to help you understand your stress better so that you can manage it more effectively.

The main thing to learn about these two types of stress are how to recognize each of them in yourself, and react accordingly.

Good Stress or "eustress"

Usually when people discuss stress, they are talking about bad stress. And of these two types, this site also mainly focuses on management of the bad kind, but it’s also important to understand that some stress is good for you.

Good stress is quite useful and necessary.

Good stress (also called "eustress") can get your blood flowing and help you through situations when you need an extra push. An example of this is the extra strength and anxiety you may feel before a big presentation or meeting. The anxiety and excitement of it can be beneficial to help you accomplish the things you need to accomplish in work and in many other parts of your life.

This can also be explained by the feelings an athlete experiences before a game or match, or the anxiety and nervousness you feel before taking a big test.

Good stress is generally under-discussed because many of us are too focused on the bad stress in our lives to remember and fully experience the good. This is why it is so important to recognize these two very different types of stress, and figure out how to distinguish between the two, and utilize the good to motivate you.


types of stress


Good stress is generally under-discussed because many of us are too focused on the bad stress in our lives to remember and fully experience the good. This is why it is so important to recognize these two very different types of stress, and figure out how to distinguish between the two, and utilize the good to motivate you.



Bad stress is, well... bad.

Here's the deal. We all experience both types. For obvious reasons, we wouldn't want to eliminate the good, and it's nearly impossible to completely eliminate the bad (also known as "dis-stress"). But it is more than possible to get a handle on the bad stress and live a very happy, less-stressful life.

Like good stress, bad stress is also a physical and emotional feeling and reaction caused by many different events or changes (real or imagined) in our lives. However, gone untreated, or unmanaged, this type can lead to very serious mental and physical problems. If you think you're already experiencing some of these symptoms of stress, it would be a good idea to visit your doctor.

The key is to pay close attention to what your body is telling you. Use your stress management journal to record and study the types of stress you experience throughout the day. Learn to differentiate between the two and then take the appropriate action. If you have a lot of the bad kind, it's important to learn effective stress management.

Remember, although you may never completely rid your life of bad stress, there are many ways to deal with it so you can begin to live a less-stressful life. Use the tools and resources on this site to help you begin a new, more rewarding, chapter in your life.







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