It’s Not Good Stress or Bad Stress, It’s How Much Stress
I am one of those people who put stress into “good” or “bad” buckets. If the event triggering the stress was positive, like starting a new job, that would be good stress in my book.
Something negative triggering the stress, like missing an important deadline, meant the stress was bad.
But I talked to a couple of experts as part of my research for an article for NBC TODAY. And they told me that I’m looking at stress all wrong.
Whether I see the event as positive or negative, stress is just stress. Our minds and bodies don’t differentiate based on what triggered the stress.
And we all need a moderate amount of it to thrive. With too little, we’re unmotivated. With too much, we’re overwhelmed.
Here’s what the experts shared with me:
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