With the dawn of the new year , the life again starts ,with us to play the best role and responsibilities in every aspect, thus sometimes majorly leading to the word “STRESS” to enter our life.
This seems a six letter word but having great impact on our life , on our health , and on our mind. STRESS sounds like a devil for normal living but its not. Little or some amount of it is good to push us just to the level of optimal alertness.
But is it that every stress is bad for us? the answer is no , there is something called as “POSITIVE STRESS".
Positive stress is also known as good stress or EUSTRESS. It is when we take the stressful situation as an opportunity which leads to a good outcome. It motivates us to deal with the challenge or to complete the task. Eustress can lead you to feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment, well-being, and wholeness.
When we first face the stressor, both eustress and distress may occur at the same time. If we had positive experience and outcomes with stress in past , most likely eustress will prevail.
Yerkes–Dodson curve for a difficult task
source : Wikipedia
ELEMENTS OF +VE STRESS
These help us to reciprocate to the stress positively:
A belief system and mindset of hope, great expectations and a positive outlook on life
Belief in ourself and our ability to manage the task/stressor
perception that we have power and control over the situation
expecting the best of yourself and others expecting the same
Expectation of a reward
Once the stressor is gone, eustress leaves us upbeat or exhilarated rather than dejected.
Examples of eustress
Where you are likely to meet a situation with a positive outlook and hope includes:
A desired physical activity such as weight training
Winning in sports competition
Taking an examination
The excitement of falling in love
Planning for a wedding
Planning a vacation
Meeting a work deadline
Managing the daily, repetitive stress of a job
Increasing the eustress at workplace is of current interest because stress in the workplace is a major source of distress and poor work performance and productivity. there are specific steps you can take to build positive stress and make stress work for you.
Lets make this as our new year slogan :
DON'T STRESS, DO YOUR BEST ,FORGET THE REST