Post Reply Can stress be a good thing?
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Posted 11/16/16 , edited 11/16/16
I was just wondering if there was a such thing as good stress. I know of the bad stress. But can stress be a good thing? Like for example; I love to write stories but it also stresses me out figuring out a plot and stuff. But I don't hate the stressing out part in fact I like it. So I was just thinking if the stress can be good. Or is stress only bad and annoyance? Does this make sense? What do you think?

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In my health class, we learned that stress can have a negative affect on your body only if you suffer from chronic stress. However, stress is a good thing because it is used for survival. It is part of our flight, fight, and freeze responses in order to survive.
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx
http://www.stressstop.com/stress-tips/articles/fight-flight-or-freeze-response-to-stress.php
Posted 11/16/16
Chronic stress is definitely something you dont want
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It is called eustress. Stressors (things that cause stress) tend to have a negative impact on one's mental state, but that doesn't mean that a person can't perceive stress in a positive manner. Physiognomic changes include raised awareness and brain activity. If someone uses those in a way that benefits them, one could say that they are experiencing eustress.
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No, not really. Most stress can have negative effects on your body, and no, not just psychologically. People with high stress levels generally live shorter lives than people with lower stress levels.
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Any stress is bad. When I get stressed I start to cough for no reason, so that's the point where I stop myself and calm down for a bit. You shouldn't have to be stressed to accomplish something. If anything it just works against you.

Probably why I now have a white patch of hair on the right side of my head. it started to show up during the end of college. No birth mark or mole, it's just white/ grey. Maybe it was my body telling me you were slowly damaging yourself because of too much stress. Nobody in my family has anything like it. But it might mean something else, and I like to think so.
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First, me must address the fact that stress in unavoidable.

I'm going to use a comparison to illustrate my point.

Stress is like germs. In large doses or over long periods of time, yes, it has negative effects. You get sick.

However, we live in a germ filled world. If you lived in a bubble your entire life, and then suddenly were released into a world of germs, your body would have no means of fighting the germs. In the early stages, a newborn receives antibodies from the mother, and slowly develop their own. This is critical.

Just like germs, stress is important during childhood, when your mind and body is developing. if you are sheltered from all stress until you become an adult, you never learn to cope with stress. And there is no such thing as a stress free life.

Also, some people perform better under stress. Actually, all people perform better under stress to a certain degree. For example, the reason procrastinators procrastinate and those early birds are early birds is because of how obligations stress them out. For a procrastinator, only immediate due dates produces enough stress to get busy. For early birds, they are stressed out immediately, and so feel compelled to complete things early. Yes, some of it is a matter of habit, but much of it is how we perceive the importance of our obligations within certain time frames.

hope this all helps.

I personally do well with short bursts of stress that increase productivity, and long-term stress takes the wind out of my sails. That's actually pretty common.
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Posted 11/16/16
From my psychology class I learned stress is just as much a good thing as it can be bad
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yes, but im not really sure
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I can't even sleep sometimes because of stress.
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Without stress we'd be vegetables.
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