Distress, eustress, we stress. Hey, what can I say we all feel stress? And sometimes that is good, and sometimes not so good. Well, good or not, I want to stress with you that the word stress has gotten a bad rap. Wouldn’t you agree that most of us are afraid of that little six-letter word? I think being afraid of stress is a mistake because a little nervous energy can actually be a good thing.
A little stress, or a little nervous energy can do just that… give us some energy or an added boost to do what is necessary to be successful. I know we all want to avoid the bad kind of stress, or distress. However, a little nervous energy in the form of eustress, the good kind of stress, helps us all be more careful and do well. For example, suppose we wanted to cross the road. The first thing our mind would do is to send signals of eustress. Once our bodies receive these signals of eustress from our minds, then our bodies tend to perk up with some extra energy and go into a heightened mode which causes us to look both ways before we cross the street.
Furthermore, eustress helps us in school and work. If we know we have an upcoming assignment eustress will cause a little extra nervous energy to run through our bodies to help us get these things done. Our eustress is going to make sure that we are prepared so we don’t feel embarrassed. Once again, a little nervous energy here is a good thing, right? So what are we stressing over again? Does stress, pressure, and a little nervous energy still feel like a bad thing that should be completely avoided at all costs?
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember that a little nervous energy is a good thing that can help us all sparkle and shine bright. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…