Good Stress vs. Bad Stress

The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as “the brain’s response to any demand.” Change is thought to be a main trigger for stress, though it can be either positive or negative.

GOOD TYPES OF STRESS, also known to psycholo­gists as “eustress,” are things like traveling, falling in love, riding a roller coaster, and so on. Our hormones change when confronted with these things, but there is no threat or fear.

BAD TYPES OF STRESS, or acute stress, come from things like divorce, trouble at work, or problems with your children at school. This stress can turn into chronic stress and cause various health problems.

Making time for yourself, sleeping adequately, eating right, and being physically active can help you handle your stress.