Stress: the Good, the Bad and the Burnt-Out: Part One

According to the American Psychological Association, there is good and bad stress, known respectively as Eustress (good) and Distress. Good stress stands alone while Distress can be Acute, Episodic, and Chronic. I’ll cover Distress in a separate post.

Stress is the body’s response to change

Positive  Stress

Eustress is what is referred to as positive stress. It is a short-term response that improves performance and is within the range of a person’s coping skills.

Symptoms

Excitement, Focus, Drive, Accomplishment, Kicking Ass, Taking Names.

Eustress Examples

  • Getting a puppy
  • Getting a promotion at work
  • Starting a new business
  • Falling in love
  • Going on a vacation
  • Starting a new project

Ok..so that’s it for positive stress.  Pretty easy right?  Distress or negative stress is much more complex and can lead to serious health problems. But we’ll discuss that in Part Two.

Be free.

Freeheart

 

 

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