Why Not All Stress Is Bad
Before we close out April (national stress awareness month) I wanted to talk about stress one more time. Stress is often seen as something that is harmful to our health and wellbeing (and it certainly can be!). However, not all stress is bad. In fact, sometimes stress can be good! There are different kinds of stress, and they affect us in different ways. Lets get into it!

Eustress

Why Not All Stress Is Bad

Eustress is a type of stress that is often referred to as “good stress”. This type of stress is associated with positive experiences such as getting married, starting a new job, or going on vacation. Eustress can motivate us to work harder, achieve more, and become better versions of ourselves. It can also help us build resilience and cope better with future stressors. I’ll take that!

Acute Stress

Why Not All Stress Is Bad

Acute stress is a short-term type of stress that is typically caused by a specific event or situation. This type of stress is often seen as negative and harmful to our health. However, acute stress can also be beneficial in certain situations. For example, acute stress can help us react quickly to an emergency, such as slamming on the brakes to avoid a car accident. In these situations, acute stress can actually help us stay safe. Acute stress is our biological adaptation meant to keep us alive. This is your body functioning the way it’s supposed to. So lets celebrate that!

Chronic Stress

Now this is the big one. This is the thing your body was not meant to handle. Chronic stress is a long-term type of stress that is often associated with negative health outcomes. This type of stress can be caused by ongoing problems such as financial difficulties, relationship issues, or work-related stress. According to The American Institute of Stresss, a whopping 94% of American workers are chronically stressed at work. 55% of Americans feel stressed during the day. The statistics go on. The point is, in today’s world chronic stress is not only extremely common but it is also rising. While chronic stress is generally seen as harmful, it can also motivate us to make positive changes in our lives. For example, chronic stress caused by work-related stress may motivate us to find a new job or change careers. 

Conclusion

So here’s my point: not all stress is bad for us. Eustress, acute stress, and chronic stress can all have positive effects on our lives. By understanding the benefits of stress and the different kinds we can experience, we can learn to manage it better and use it to our advantage (which for the record, is what mother nature intended). For starters, why not use your chronic stress to motivate you to come see your chiropractors regularly and stay on top of your wellness? **wink wink**

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Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Josh Huddleston, and I are the founders of On-The-Go Wellness®. We are husband & wife, who just so happen to be Board Certified, Licensed, Chiropractic Physicians & Certified Yoga Instructors! After practicing with other clinics in the USA and Singapore for the past 5 years, we decided to start On-The-Go Wellness® to fit our active, mobile lifestyles.

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