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Eustress: Understanding the Good Stress

Eustress is important to make the best out of certain emotions.

| Contributor Content| UPDATED: June 5, 2018, 10:50 AM IST
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Eustress is derived from Greek prefix ‘eu’ which means good and stress, i.e. Good Stress. As per psychologists, all stress is not bad, and so to say there’s a stark difference between eustress and distress. While some activities lead to stress that makes us pull our socks and achieve, there are some which just bring us down with a fight or flight response.
Understanding Eustress is important to make the best out of certain emotions like nervousness, to build resilience, to boost your immunity, to up your brainpower and so on. Let’s delve:

1. Excitement vs. Anxiety

Naming your emotion or feeling is important to address it. Words have great power, so next time you are nervous ahead of a public speaking event or a job interview, tell yourself you’re excited rather than you’re nervous to put yourself in the approach mode by identifying eustress.

2. Improved Productivity

As per a study conducted on rats at the University of California, low level of stress is important to boost your brainpower and up your productivity levels. So next time you are feeling stressed while completing a challenging assignment, know that this is eustress that is trying to get the best out of you.

3. Building Resilience

Lastly, mild stress helps build resilience. As per a longitudinal study conducted at the UCLA, people who had some ebbs and flow of stress in their lifetime had better mental health than people who had faced high adversity or zero adversity in their life. If things are not going in the right direction understand ‘this too shall pass’, accept failure, take corrective action and push this stress in the eustress zone rather than distressing yourself.
First Published: June 5, 2018, 10:50 AM IST


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