Stress is part of the relationship between stress and wellbeing.
Stress refers to arousal (physiological or psychological) caused by a stimulus (internal or external). There are two types of stress that should be considered: eustress and distress. We perform tasks most effectively when there is a balance of eustress and distress, which partially explains why some people say that it’s good to have some nerves!
We usually think of stress as a bad thing, but this is not always the case. Eustress refers to a state of positive arousal caused by a stressor (a particular stimulus). The effects of eustress are usually psychological, and then become physiological as a result.
Examples of eustress may include winning a sport premiership, getting an A+ on your Psychology exam, and winning the lottery.
Conversely, distress refers to a state of negative arousal caused by a stressor (a particular stimulus). The effects of distress are usually psychological, and then become physiological as a result.
Examples of distress may include trouble at a work environment, the death of a friend, or losing an item of particular importance to you.
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