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November 16, 2014

Is it Distress or Eustress?

You’ve probably heard a lot about bad stress or distress. Many emotional and physical disorders have been linked to this type of stress. People under stress for a long time are more prone to infections, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal problems, and high blood pressure among other health issues. Distress also adversely affects relationships, productivity, and focus.After

On the other hand, some stress is good for us. This type of stress is eustress. Eustress is stress that motivates us and keeps us interested and challenged. The stress an athlete feels before a competition is a form of eustress as is the stress we feel before a major presentation.  We all need eustress in our lives in order to accomplish our goals and grow personally and professionally.

If you are feeling more distress than eustress, try some of these tips:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Meditate daily
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Give yourself a time out and do something relaxing
  • Stop thinking about the stressor and turn your thoughts to something positive
  • Get more sleep
  • Build a support system
  • Set and maintain boundaries

As the holidays approach with more demands on your time, feelings of distress may arise. Don’t get derailed! See my blog posts Finding Time for Yourself and Speed Up by Slowing Down for more tips you can use.

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