In our modern world, stress has become a pervasive and generally negative force. However, what if we were to view stress from a different perspective? What if we could transform it into a positive influence that fuels personal growth and serves as a motivating friend?
Recently, my mother discovered a new hobby that has brought her immense joy—puzzles! She has tackled various types, from intricate 3D wooden puzzles to massive ones with over 1000 pieces, even those with unconventional shapes. Initially, each puzzle presents a challenge, inducing stress and a sense of difficulty. But as she engages in the process and witnesses her progress, the stress gradually dissipates. Engaging in activities that stimulate her motor skills and cognitive abilities, she experiences a type of stress that is actually beneficial. This is known as “eustress”.
Eustress stands apart from typical stress. It does not overwhelm, drain, or defeat us. Instead, it ignites a passionate fire within, driving us towards progress. Eustress empowers us to venture beyond our comfort zones, enabling us to envision new possibilities. It compels us to evolve, learn, and grow, acting as an encouraging voice that reveals our true potential. Eustress accompanies pivotal presentations, daring adventures, and life-altering decisions, propelling us towards greatness.
Nevertheless, there is a downside to eustress. If unmanaged, it can transform into distress, leading to feelings of despair. It is crucial to recognize the state we are in and take steps to protect ourselves.
Embracing eustress requires mindfulness, allowing it to motivate and inspire you, propelling you towards your aspirations. However, never underestimate the importance of self-care and maintaining balance. Take time to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate. Learn to decline when necessary and establish healthy boundaries.
Eustress possesses remarkable power to propel us to new heights, but it must be accompanied by self-care and awareness. Strive for a harmonious equilibrium, embracing the positive challenges that eustress presents. Harness it as a catalyst for personal growth, guiding you on the path to success.
“Stress happens when something you care about is at stake. It’s not a sign to run away – it’s a sign to step forward.” – Kelly McGonigal
How will you handle stress going forward?
Have a great weekend.