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