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1.2. Explain the difference between positive and negative stress with examples

ryanrori February 7, 2021

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As we have seen stress is normal in most lives and that it is just the levels or one’s ability to cope with it that can change it from being manageable to not. 

There are two types of stress – Positive and Negative

Positive stress is called Eustress. This can give an extra burst of adrenaline to help you work well and meet deadlines and even play a sport well. Eustress provides mental alertness, motivation, and efficiency. Eustress can increase self-esteem.

How you look at stress affects its impact on your health. If you view stressful situations as a chance for growth and generally stay away from stress-related activities it can be beneficial.

Negative stress is called Distress. This happens when your body cannot return to a relaxed state even if the stressor is no longer present. 

Physical signs:

  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns, 
  • Weakness, 
  • Dizziness, 
  • Frequent headaches, 
  • Neck and back pain, 
  • Frequent colds and infections

Emotional signs:

  • Persistent hostile or angry feelings
  • Increased frustration with minor annoyances
  • Nervousness
  • Lack of concentration, 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Name commonly recognised events that trigger intense stress and give an indication of why each situation is generally stressful

Events that trigger stress are common all across the board, from the CEO to the person first joining at work. 

Various events such as the following can cause stress to become a negative experience. These are the most commonly recognised events with reasons why they are stressful. 

Financial problems 

Lack of money can lead to many unwanted situations like increased debts, inability to buy food or take care of your family.  This tops the list of stressors as it takes a heavy toll on your mind and body. Added to financial stress, being unable to afford a decent home in an area that does not have high crime is an added effect that adds to the stress. 

Workplace Conflict

Situations in the workplace, such as conflicts with colleagues, having a poor or autocratic manager and working for excessive hours or extra work pressure, cause stress. 


Stress may also become apparent because of relationship problems such as poor communication, infidelity or conflicts with spouses, children and relatives.


Sometimes the stress itself leads to health problems, or unexpected illness or injury can become a major cause for stress. Being unable to cope with your daily life can lead to a string of other events that may add to this stressor.