Stress: the Positive and the Negative
Everyone experiences stress. It happens when you have something important due, or when you want to do well. But, did you know that stress can be both a positive and a negative part of your body? We might not notice this on our daily lives, but our bodies react differently to the positive and the negative.
The Positive aspects:
Healthy amount of stress is called eurstress. Small amounts of everyday stress can help to provide you with bursts of energy to help motivate you to do well. If you ever had a surge in energy in order to finish that assignment, then you know how it feels. It forces you to act and make sure that the work is done.
It can also help to alert you when something is wrong and when you should react. For instance, if you see a speeding car coming towards you, your body will instantly react and get out of the way!
Finally, it can help us to adapt. It can help push your mental strength and help you to handle large amounts of stress later. For instance, if you’ve ever been anxious over speaking in front of the class, it is nerve wracking. Over time if you continue to do public speaking in front of the class, it becomes less stressful and you’ll feel confident in doing the same in the future.
The Negative aspects
Too much stress is often called distress. Distress is when it starts to negatively impact our bodies and overwhelms you. Some ways stress can affect your body includes:
- Difficulty controlling emotions.
- Poor decision making.
- Higher chance of getting sick.
- Developing bad habits as a form of coping. (eg. Nail biting, eating more unhealthy foods, avoiding food)
- Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks.
- Negative self-esteem.
Distress happens to many as it is happens to us. However, it becomes concerning if it happens for long periods of time as it can cause serious health problems. Remember to try and find ways to manage your stress to avoid serious problems in the future.