Yes, there is such a thing as good stress.
Small amounts of good stress keep you focused and motivated. You grow through certain levels of stress. The stress gravity exerts on you makes your bones denser and your muscles stronger.
When you exercise, your endurance rises as a result of the stress you impose on yourself. When you decide to do something like read a book every month for your personal or professional growth, you are adding stress to your life, but it is productive stress–stress that will result in reward for you and those around you.
Maximizing the good stress in your life is a wise thing to do. In fact, it is necessary for positive change.
Stress becomes bad when it passes the point of growing you and distresses you instead. Perhaps the phone rings, and suddenly there is a problem you didn’t see coming. Perhaps you realize you are way over budget, and there is not much time to get caught up.
The key to handling bad stress is to continually grow your threshold for dealing with it. Some people freak out at the first sign of a negative issue, while others can take the same issue in stride. The difference is their tolerance threshold for stress. Growing that threshold will enable you to deal with bad stress without, well, stressing out.
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from p. 165-166 of The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness.
With your copy of The New You, you will come away with specific strategies on how to lose weight, get more sleep, lower stress, nurture better relationships, connect with God and much more! Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.
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