A stress-free life would be very boring; How to make stress work for you!
We rarely hear people say, “I’m really feeling stressed — isn’t that great?” But if we didn’t have some stress in our lives — the ‘good stress’ variety — we’d feel uninspired, unfocused & often times very unhappy.
Many people believe that all stress is bad, but you may have heard that there’s “good stress” & “bad stress.” Do you know what people mean by that?
First let’s take a look at stress in general & how it can affect us. The most common type of stress is acute stress. It is a very normal response from quick surprises, impending life, work or family issues or situations that need a quick response. This is what we normally think of as stress, but we can still feel in control of ourselves while resolving the issue.
Acute stress in itself doesn’t take a heavy toll if we find ways to relax quickly after dealing with the situation.
Once the stressor has been dealt with, we need to return our body to homeostasis, or its pre-stress state, to be healthy & happy.
The type of stress we really have to worry about is chronic stress.
This type of stress comes when we repeatedly face stressors that take a heavy toll & feel inescapable.
A stressful job or an unhappy home life can bring chronic stress. This is what we normally think of when we experience negative stress consequences. Everyone has felt this at some times or another in their lives…& it’s a very unpleasant state of mind & body to experience
We become tired, irritable, rundown, depleted in energy & motivation. Added to this dismal state of mind & body, we often feel helpless to change the situation or even our outlook.
This chronic stress can seriously harm our physical, emotional & spiritual well-being. If you find yourself in this type of situation, you really must rethink your priorities & actively seek ways to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of your life.
Now on to the good news…….
So-called “good stress,” or what psychologists refer to as “eustress,” is the type of stress we feel when we feel excited. Our pulse quickens, our hormones change, but there is no threat or fear.
We feel this type of stress when we ride a roller coaster, compete for a promotion, go on a first date, practice a sport or hobby we are passionate about. There are many triggers for this good stress, & it keeps us feeling alive & excited about life.
- One important consideration……. Good stress can become bad for you if you experience too much of it. (Adrenaline junkies know this firsthand.)
- This is because your stress response is triggered either way, & if you’re adding that to chronic stress, or several other stressors, there is still a cumulative effect: lots of stress!
- That’s why it’s important to be in tune with yourself & be able to tell when you’ve had too much
The Bottom Line…
Overall, it’s important to have good stress in your life. By making the effort to cut out as much chronic stress as possible, changing your perception of stress where you can, & adding some positive activities that enrich your body, soul & spirit, you can create a nice balance in your life.
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