Knowing the difference between good stress and bad stress is extremely important. If you allow yourself to experience to much bad stress it can cause a lot of harm to your body.
What Is Bad Stress?
Bad stress can be known as distress or negative stress that is ongoing and starts to affect your everyday life and stops you from completing tasks.
Long term increased levels of stress can cause harm to your body such as weakened adrenals, weakened immune system, depression, heart disease, weight gain, and memory loss.
Some examples of bad stress are a family member passing or a bad break up with a significant other.
Relieving Bad Stress:
- Deep breathing
What is Good Stress?
Good stress is known as mild stress that occurs on a regular basis. It will generate more motivation to complete tasks instead of hindering you. Gradual mild amounts of stress levels have been shown to improve brain function. Some examples of good stress are working hard to meet a deadline, preparing for a test, or giving a speech in front of a large crowd. If you begin to experience things like headaches, dry mouth, and rapid breathing it can be signs that you are experiencing bad stress and should practice some of these methods for relieving that bad stress.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to chose one thought over another. -William James