Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

Why Some Stress May Actually Be Good for You

We often think stress is a bad thing, but research has shown that some amount of stress isn’t just good for you, it’s necessary to keep you motivated and to help you achieve your goals. The trick is to learn how to manage your response to day-to-day stressors in a healthy and productive manner.

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

Think of stress like a wave, which ebbs and flows naturally. A small amount of stress is natural, as long as you can help it ebb away before it becomes a tsunami.

 

Fight, Flight or Freeze

We’re hard-wired to identify and respond to stressors with a fight, flight, or freeze response. This is where stress management comes in.

Physical Indications of Fight or Flight Response

Hormones and the Stress Response

Our bodies can misinterpret or overreact to stressors, such as producing too much adrenaline or cortisol before a public speaking event.

How Stress Affects The Body

Managing Your Response to Stress

Fortunately, we can train our bodies to let go of stress. The key is nipping it in the bud when it’s still manageable and before it becomes chronic.

1. Practice Deep Breathing

When we’re stressed, we automatically start taking shorter, shallower breaths. Deliberately focusing on long, deep breaths can reset your nervous system and prevent stress from escalating.

deep breathing exercises for stress

2. Be Present

Worrying about the past or future can trigger unnecessary stress. A simple trick: focus on what your five senses are experiencing in the present, and you’ll break out of the stress cycle.

Try being present to relieve stress

3. Engage in Mindful Movement

The operative word here is ‘mindful.’ Instead of rehashing your bad day in your head while you workout, try being mindful of your breath, your body’s movement, and the scenery around you.

Try mindful movement to relieve stress

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Stacy Mosel, LMSW, is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she continued her studies at New York University, earning a master of social work degree in 2002. She writes in the fields of mental health and holistic wellness, drawing on her prior experiences as an employee assistance program counselor, individual and family therapist and assistant director of a child and family services agency.