Knowing About Stress Can Be So Beneficial!

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Science Based*

What? Just knowing about stress could be beneficial?!


Yes!


Because “knowledge is power”!


(Are you a child of the 70s like me? Did School House Rock just flash before your eyes?)


Here’s why. When we know about something we can then make a decision to do something about it.


According to Merriam-Webster stress is, “a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.”

Stress can either be good stress or bad stress. Good stress is called “eustress”. Bad (or negative) stress is called “distressed”.


Good (eustress→ beneficial) stress examples:

  • Getting married

  • New job

  • New baby

  • New house

  • Vacation

  • Cold shower

Bad (distress→ bad or negative) stress examples:

  • A difficult marriage

  • A job that you dislike

  • Unfulfilled dreams/visions/goals

  • Unmet expectations



Most of us live with the bad or negative type of stress. The danger from this type of stress is when it is chronic or unresolved.


(Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Going and going and going- you get the idea- right?!).


Chronic or unresolved stress comes in many forms.


A difficult co-worker, traffic jams, living in a challenging marriage, shortage of funds, not enough time in the day, kids, school.


Stuff happens. People can be mean, unfair, and cause conflict. Cars break down. Unexpected expenses can occur.


It is how we handle the negative situations that will determine how our health will be impacted – either positively or negatively.


Some things we can change and some things we must go through. You do not have to change everything all at once. Baby steps.


Small changes over time produce big results.


You may be thinking, "Where do I start taking my life back from stress?!"


I’m glad you asked. Below are a few tips to get started right now.


Beneficial Actions Steps


1) Say 'no' more often. Many times we say yes when we really want to say 'no'. It may be because we're a people pleasure, don't want to other the other person's feelings, or don't want to hear the nagging that might happen when we say no.


2) Discover and go after what