Good Stress vs Bad Stress

Good Stress vs Bad Stress

When we talk about stress, it's often in the context of stress being bad for us, but that's not always the case. Some kinds of stress is good for us. Good stress can motivate us and give us energy, help us meet deadlines, perform our best and even make us feel alive.

Alternatively, bad stress is a type of stress that can negatively affect our well-being and cause us physical, emotional and mental harm. It can result from events such as unhealthy relationships, financial problems, and chronic overwork.

The key difference between good and bad stress is the duration and intensity of the stressor and our ability to cope with it. Good stress is usually short-lived and manageable, while bad stress is long-lasting and overwhelming.

Here are some examples of good stress:

  1. Excitement before a big event, such as a job interview or a performance.
  2. A sense of challenge and accomplishment during a difficult hike or competition.
  3. The rush of adrenaline during an emergency situation that requires quick thinking.
  4. Anticipation and excitement of planning a vacation or a special event.
  5. The satisfaction of completing a difficult project or task at work.
  6. A sense of accomplishment after achieving a personal goal.
  7. The joy of participating in a new hobby or learning a new skill.

Here are some examples of bad stress:

  1. A significant life change, such as moving to a new city or starting a new job.
  2. Chronic overwork or job burnout.
  3. Chronic illness or injury.
  4. Financial difficulties, such as debt or unemployment.
  5. Relationships problems, such as a divorce or ongoing conflict with a partner.
  6. Traumatic experiences such as the death of a loved one physical and emotion abuse.


Wether stress is good or bad for us, it's important to pay attention to how it's making us feel and make sure that when the stress is no longer needed in the moment, that we can get out of the stress state and into a relaxed state. We can't always control the stressors that impact us, but what we can do is help our nervous system, which is responsible for helping us process and manage stress, get back into balance. 

When stress impacts you, here are some ways you can get back into balance:

Here are some strategies for managing bad stress:

  1. Practice self-care: This includes engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in relaxation techniques such as vibration and sound therapy, meditation or breathing exercises.
  2. Connect with others: Talking to friends, family, or a mental health professional can help you process your feelings and provide a support system.
  3. Set realistic goals and prioritize tasks: Prioritizing tasks and setting achievable goals can help reduce stress caused by feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Challenge negative thoughts: Identifying and challenging negative or unrealistic thoughts can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  5. Practice mindfulness: Focusing on the present moment can help you feel more relaxed and less overwhelmed.
  6. Engage in activities you enjoy: Doing things you enjoy can help you reduce stress and improve your mood.
  7. Get support from others: Reach out to family, friends, or a support group for emotional support and encouragement.
  8. Seek professional help: If stress becomes too overwhelming, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counselor.

Remember, everyone experiences stress differently, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find what works for you and make stress management a priority in your daily life.