Spent part of the evening explaining to my daughter that, okay, you’re stressed about final exams. That’s: 1) to be expected, 2) normal, and 3) not a bad thing. Stress is not something we can ever totally eliminate in our lives (nor should be attempt or expect to do so). What vital is learning to recognize and react to stress in a helpful and beneficial manner.
Is stress always bad? We answer that question in this post by drawing distinctions between distress and eustress. One stress empowers us, excites us and motivates us; while the other evokes fear, worry and weakness.
Let’s dive right in!
2 Reasons to love stress? What? Huh? This guy must be crazy!
Let me explain…
Many times we lump the feelings of discomfort, anxiety, uncertainty, procrastination and nervousness as stress. Right? Also, many times we look at stress as FULLY and SOLELY negative. Which, believe it or not, couldn’t be further from the truth.
Let’s take a closer look!
Science shows us that there is actually two forms of stress. The bad kind, distress, and the good kind, eustress. Distress is what we feel when we have procrastinated, lack s
elf confidence, get yelled at by a boss or a loved on
e or go through a traumatic experience. Distress distracts…
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