Perception 2: Eustress
"It's not the stress that kills you, but your reaction to it" - Hans Seyle
In my last blog that I released yesterday, I spoke about the importance of perception and interpretation. How based on how you interpret stress, determines if you will be able to manage your stress or you will succumb to it. In the next two blogs we will be going more in depth into the difference between eustress and distress. Now let me start with the definition of eustress and dive deep on how it can be used into your everyday life.
According to google this type of stress is "moderate or psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer.
This is a vital principle in the understanding of stress and it proves that some of your stressors that you go through are actually beneficial for your well-being and your autonomy as a human being. This type of stress is a stress that leads to a positive response. Like we stated on our last blog, the interpretation and perception of the stress, matters the most, and how you view the stress which is occurring to you determines whether the stress will be beneficial to you or not. Usually this type of stress is short-term and it can be physical or psychological. For example, if your heart is racing, your tense but in the back of your mind you know a change is coming for your good, your palms are sweaty, knees are weak, this is an example of physical eustress. If you start to feel anxiety, which you perceive as excitement, you start to feel the butterflies on the inside, these are all signs of eustress because you know that what your experiencing is going to lead to a positive outcome.
Eustress is still a type of stress, but can be beneficial if this stress is only there in an acute setting instead of it being there for a long period of time. If you have too much eustress it can turn into distress which distress is something we will talk about in the next blog. Therefore, it's important to utilise this stress productively so that you can get the best out of it so that you don't over exert yourself psychologically and physiologically. Here are some benefits below of eustress, according to an article by Very Well Mind, (https://www.verywellmind.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-eustress-3145109).
Help you concentrate and focus
Encourage you to take on new challenges
Motivate you to pursue your goals
Help you feel more resilient to face more challenges
Give meaning and purpose to your life
Help you feel happier and healthier
The number one way to be able to convert stress into eustress is to be able to perceive your stress as a challenge which would give you the mentality that your stress is a excitement, instead of it being a threat. When you perceive stress as a threat it gives birth to fear and that fear is a catalyst to turn your fear into distress. That's why my last blog on perception and point of view is so important when it comes to stress. When you workout that is a form of eustress, you actually are stressing your bones, joints, and muscles they grow stronger, but if you don't have time to recover and rejuvenate it will turn into distress. Now how does this tie into RKease inc. our goal is to educate clients on the benefits of stress, and teach them about the difference between eustress and distress and how doing musical activities and diaphragmatic breathing can lead to relaxing the nerves so that your able to convert stress into eustress. By simply conducting a musical activity it gives brief understanding on these concepts because it's hard to do practically without a guide and I hope to eventually inspire others to go on their own stress proof journey. I hope you enjoyed this blog, and stay tuned for tomorrow! Peace!! :)