It is important to keep in mind that not all stress is undesirable or bad. There are two types of stress, positive and negative stress. Led by ideals, curiosity or other personal reasons behind the individual aim and action, they will accept related demand and challenge.
The stress they may experience will make their strength and energy grow. Also if somebody finds themselves in an unexpected situation in an area where they already have some experience, the stress experienced (positive excitement and the confidence to succeed) will increase the ability to cope with this situation.
Positive stress is in fact often called "positive pressure". It is when you get that extra flow of adrenaline needed to face up to the demanding task or event, and you feel positively exited. Actually, performance increases with the increase of stress on a certain, from individual to individual differing level.
Without positive stress, our lives can become dull and boring, which can lead to apathy, degeneration, fatigue and illness.
It is normal that most people have a natural desire to achieve.
Negative stress develops when "pressure" exceeds the ability to cope. This stress can be harmful for your health and well-being. Because stress is an individual experience, there is no general point where positive stress turns into negative stress. When the amount of stress placed on you increases, or different sources of stress accumulate, you will reach your individual limit.
Any increase of stress after that point will decrease your energy and ability to cope. This can finally lead to the "burn out" effect: the accumulated stress then has 'burned up' any energy resources and any willpower and motivation of the person.
As mentioned above it is normal that most people have desire to achieve so they respond to that desire. But when their aims are too high or their desire to achieve is too strong, and they believe they have not achieved the required results , demand and challenge may grow too big.
The stress they may experience will become too much, will block their energy and influence their performance negatively.
Another example of negative stress could be if someone finds himself in an unexpected situation. If this happens in an area where he is not experienced and maybe even not sufficiently informed, he will have to deal with his lack of knowledge, with his fear to make a mistake and possibly, in addition, with the pressure of urgency.
The stress he may experience will exceed his ability to cope and his performance will suffer.
Note: This article was first published on empowerment-gateway.com on 11 May 2015
Written by Laurinda Seabra