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Stress is stress, right? Well, not always.

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Stress is stress, right? Nope, not always. There are different kinds of stress. They vary depending on how often the stress reoccurs, how hard it hits you, what symptoms you are displaying and various external factors.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency ~ Natalie Goldberg

Stress is stress. Or is it?

You are not alone if you have also always thought that stress is stress, and that’s it. Although it is true in essence, there are different types of stress. Not all stress is the same and we are now going to look at the 4 major types of stress and their different characteristics.

Eustress

As strange as this may sound, Eustress is actually a “good” and “healthy” stress. You may wonder, “What is this paradox you are throwing at us, AnxietyPanda?”, but rest assured – Healthy stress does indeed exist! And one of the ways it shows itself is in the form of Eustress.

Eustress enhances both your health and performance levels. It’s the kind of adrenaline and stress levels you may feel just before the race or going on stage or the creative energy you feel when you become immersed in and inspired by your craft. Or the rush of stress you feel when you see someone in danger and need to act fast in order to save them. Eustress is brief, intense, and does not wear the body out. It’s necessary for survival.

Hyperstress

The prefix “hyper” means that there is too much of or an excess of something or the sort:

Helen is a HYPERactive toddler. Justin became HYPERsensitive after losing for the second time. Nina was shocked by the news and started to HYPERventilate… etc.

This is also true for Hyperstress. This is ruthless stress that pushes you and makes you want to perform optimally on a constant basis. Like you have to give everything your all 24-7 even while you sleep. It’s an incredibly unhealthy type of stress and can cause major burn-out.

Please be wary of the symptoms. You may feel tense and on edge all the time and your emotions easily triggered.

Hypostress

On the contrary to the prefix, “hyper”, comes “hypo” meaning a lack of, or too little of something.

My grandmother has hypoglycemia – low blood sugar.

When you are Hypostressed you basically lack any motivation to do things and you are pretty much bored out of your mind. Even when you are busy doing something, you are not really interested or motivated about the task at hand. Although you may not think that being bored may cause stress, this type of stress will make you feel restless, unhappy, demotivated and indifferent to your surroundings.

Distress

Distress is usually brought on by traumatic events, like a car accident or tornado warning. It often brings on anxiety and panic. There are two different types of distress – Acute and Chronic Distress.

Acute distress

In any instance where you may feel threatened, you will experience acute distress. It doesn’t matter if the situation is real or if you are only imagining things. When your body senses danger, you will experience this form of distress. This is a normal response to being threatened. Changes or upheavals in your life, like divorces or bankruptcy, may also cause this type of stress. On the upside, it is always temporary and goes away once you have dealt with the event that caused it.

Chronic distress

This type of stress is more permanent and can actually make you very ill and depressed. It is brought on by a constant and ongoing exposure to a “threatening” environment. Again – physical or psychological. You may be having troubles in your marriage or you may have a boss who shouts at you on a daily basis or you may worry every day if there will be food for your family tomorrow. It eats you up slowly and in the end, can destroy you.

Don’t sweat the small stuff! Slow down…

Let us remind you of a few things that you may or may not already be aware of:

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter, with dancing a close second, really is the best medicine for stress. Read these Quotes About Stress that will Tickle your Funny Bone.

Get skilled in relaxation techniques. There are many that will come in handy and various situations throughout your life. AnxietyPanda highly recommends starting with breathing techniques and meditation. When ready, you can even accessorize and enhance your sessions by investing in something like a Tibetan singing bowl for meditation or a gadget to help you keep track of your triggers.

Slow down. You can’t win the race if you’re going to collapse at the halfway mark. Everybody has different levels as to how far they can push themselves.

How do you cope with stress? Do you still believe that stress is just stress? Do you have any advice to share or is there any information you wish us to expand on? Let us know in the comments below!

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