Lately it feels like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. Between work, side hustling, and all my personal commitments, I’m starting to brink on feeling overwhelmed. This isn’t a new feeling for me, in fact I consistently keep my plate pretty full. I used to think I was just a glutton for punishment, however over the years I’ve realized that by keeping busy and maintaining a manageable level of stress, I’m actually more productive.
Research shows that certain levels of stress can actually good for us. Stress is believed to help boost your immune system, mood, and overall well-being. There are other benefits to stress, too. Below are three different ways that stress can benefit us.
Good Stress vs. Bad Stress
It’s important to note the difference between “good” stress and “bad” stress, otherwise known as eustress and distress. It’s easy to confuse the two because generally we regard all stressful feelings as negative. Eustress can be considered beneficial, and help with our motivation, focus, and energy. Distress on the other hand, can cause anxiety, decrease productivity, and cause mental and physical ailments. So, keep in mind when I talk about the benefits of stress, in general I’m talking about an optimal level of good stress.