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Eustress-The Beneficial Stress

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Yes! Eustress is the stress that keeps us healthy and happy.

You may all ask me,

What! How come a stress keeps us healthy and happy? There is no way, stress only leads to depression.

Yes I do agree with you. But to your knowledge there are positive stress and negative stress. Almost all of us are aware of negative stress that leads its way to depression and yes, there is also this positive stress named EUSTRESS which will only make you happy. It is a stress that leads to the feelings of excitement and delight.

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This name EUSTRESS was derived from Greek prefix ”Eu” means ”Good” by the famous endocrinologist Hans Selye.

Let me give some examples which almost everyone should have experienced it and many might cherish those still.

Almost all of your firsts. The first day at a new job, proposals and dates, day of marriage, pregnancy, holding a baby for the first time, seeing your crush, your first bike ride and car rides, travelling to your favorite places, a scary movie, the excitement of a roller- coaster rides, playing games and all those amusing challenges come under the wings of Eustress.

This kind of stress always inspires you and shoves you to perform, grow, and learn as a better person.

Hence, eustress is a must for our overall wellbeing.

Signs of eustress in you :-

  • Accepting challenges of your limit and working on it positively.
  • Accomplishing your smaller goals which paves way for achieving a larger goal.
  • Being in a motivated mood.
  • Being happy and helping others without expectations.
  • Loving yourself and approaching problems in a positive way.
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Too much of anything is good for nothing. Yes you cannot be in an elated mood always, you will definitely need some time to relax yourself and rest well in your leisure time. Stress management is an ocean and eustress is like getting a pearl from the ocean. So, my dear readers learn to use this pearl(eustress) in your life rather than embracing the distress(negative stress).

"It's not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it"- Hans seyle

The capability of making your stress into an eustress definitely needs a lot of practice, but its result can bring a lot of fruitful change in your stressed life. It all depends on your perspective. Thanks for reading it and always stay positive.

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Published by Ramya A R

Content writer, Married, I admire the proverb "What you sow so you reap" and live accordingly. My other interests are reading, yoga, gardening, travel, love nature.

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