#16 Eustress vs. Distress

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the two types of stress: eustress and distress. Many people make the mistake of combining them together under the umbrella term ‘stress’ and confuse them as being the same thing. In fact, there is actually a good kind of stress, a positive stress. That’s eustress.

Since there is so much stigma in our culture around being ‘stressed’ and the health risks of being ‘stressed’ (meaning ‘distressed’) , we begin to back away from a situation at the first sign of stress, even if it’s eustress. And this fear, this backing away from ‘stressful’ situations, prevents us from undergoing beneficial eustress and reaching a higher level.

What this means is that, counter-intuitive as it may seem, undergoing voluntary periods of self-imposed eustress such as a fitness camp or a workshop can be tremendously useful for our personal growth. Similarly, making a conscious effort to step perceiving things as distress and perceiving them as eustress, and in within our power, can remove many of the negative effects that distress causes.

Topics discussed include: eustress and distress, eustress vs distress, eustress definition, eustress meaning, what is eustress, and positive stress.