Distress v Eustress - Let Positivity Win
Good stress does exist. Even though we often connotate stress as being negative, I want to share with you here how positive stress also exists.
Negative stress is caused by anxiety born from marital issues, financial worry, abuse, death of a loved one, health problems and other distressing situations. The stress that worries us is our reaction to a situation that demands more than our capabilities. This makes perfect sense for me. It is the reason why some people can handle a particular situation better than another. Signs of stress are raised blood pressure, a quickening of the heartbeat, bad decision making, panic, irritability, overthinking, thoughts of doom, feeling overwhelmed, lack of focus and motivation, and more which continues along this train. Stress is bad for your heart and we need our heart in tip-top shape to live our daily lives with ease and comfort.
To overcome distress we need to “loosen up” - advice abhorred by those in a stressful situation. But it is true, although more as a preventative rather than a call to action. If you are prone to overthinking and anxieties and panicking and worrying first look at your diet, then your daily habits.
First of all, if you smoke stop right now. I don’t need to elaborate on why.
Eating healthily has so many advantages other than losing weight. It's great for our skin, our hearth, and our moods. I am talking about foods rich in Omega-3 and Magnesium. In fact, magnesium is incredible for our mood levels, speaking from personal experience. Cut down on caffeine and start to drink tisanes (caffeine-free teas) like peppermint tea and chamomile tea.
Exercise and meditation and controlled breathing - each of these have amazingly positive effects on our general aura, check out the blogs I have written for some tips and advice:
Now to speak about Good Stress. As mentioned already, and very well known, bad stress is distress. But what a lot of us do not know (well, I didn’t anyway) is that good stress is eustress. Where do they come up with these crazy ideas! Ah yes, science and education.
Eustress occurs when our goal is within reach, as a reaction to give us a boost to achieve that goal, almost like a challenge that is fulfillable. Of course, challenges can be stressful but when your goal is within reach we have a sense of motivation, excitement, a push to encourage us to succeed the last few steps to happy attainment.
Example of when eustress occurs is when buying a home (although mortgages are considered stressful!), having a baby, receiving a promotion at work, sports competitions and exercise goals. But this is all down to personal perception. As I mentioned earlier, different people will have different reactions.
This makes it both tricky and exciting. Work-places are trying to reduce distress by increasing eustress by offering meditation time, yoga classes and relaxation techniques. But can this truly be effective when everyone perceives a certain situation potentially completely different? However I do like the efforts being made by business management to reduce distress (yes of course, for their own profit), I think those who are inclined to stress more need to make extra efforts themselves for their own development.
Can I really end this on the 2012 YOLO craze? No! But I will certainly encourage more walks in nature, less care for money and material objects, and more time for oneself. Life will still be living when you come back from your break.