Feeling stressed is part of being human. As we interact and engage with our environment, our minds and bodies are constantly assessing the risks we face in our jobs, our families, and even social events.
Some stress (known as eustress) has a positive effect, helping us to overcome challenging situations. These situations become opportunities to master something, grow mentally and even build our resilience. This type of stress is beneficial.
Distress (or “negative” stress) is more problematic – especially if we feel continually threatened, challenged or out of control. This can lead to poor health outcomes.
Knowing where you are in this balance will help you decide whether your stress is getting the better of you.