Stress is a double edged sword, whether you realize this or not. One end, helps you cut through obstacles and makes it easier for you to move forward. However, if you’re not careful, that same double-edged sword can end up hurting you, especially if you experience stress more than the average person does.
Sadly, this is the case more often than not, when the stress hormone cortisol shows its ugly side and starts to adversely affect your health.
Regardless, stress is here to stay. It does have its utility, and can make you an efficient working individual. This is why it’s important to tell the difference between good and bad stress, and make it work for you.
Good stress is that stimulus that makes you actually do things and motivates you. Embedded into us is this primitive response that makes us get up and go, in one way or another. This is called the fight or flight response, which makes you either face adversity or get as far from it as possible.
Good stress is usually of a short duration, and of a magnitude that is just adequate to get us past a hurdle in our way. In contrast to bad stress, good stress does not have lingering effects on our brain or body, and can be considered good for our survival. Good stress is also referred to as eustress.
Good stress is usually called upon in these scenarios:
Bad stress, sometimes referred to as distress, is that unabating burden that does not improve even after the initial stimulus has passed. Typically, it develops from a prolonged exposure to the same things day after day, and impairs the body’s ability to function normally, otherwise known as chronic stress.
Maladies ranging from heart disease, mental illness, reproductive dysfunction and more can result from excessive stress, and recovery is a long road.
Scenarios that are considered triggers to a heavy stress load include:
Manage the influences that cause bad stress to show its face. Good stress is there for us when we need it, but be sure to adequately rest and recuperate to restore homeostasis to the body.