Long, long ago…I remember learning about something called “eustress” or good stress. You might say there’s no such thing as good stress, but it’s in the dictionary. I know because I looked it up to be sure my memory was right. 🙂
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all I remembered about eustress, so I did some research.
Eustress was defined by Dr. Han Selye as stress that is healthy or gives a feeling of fulfillment or other positive feelings. Examples of eustress for the hero and heroine in our books could be falling in love and getting married. For a writer, eustress could be getting a book published or hitting the bestseller lists.
If you want to read more about Dr. Selye–or Dr. Stress, as he was sometimes called– and the chemical reactions of the human body to stress, check out **http://www.icnr.com/articles/thenatureofstress.html**. I have to tell you that I did not read word for word through this entire article. It was simply too stressful. 🙂
An article by several Ph.D.’s at mentalhealth.net
Like many other things in our lives, our perception is what causes distress (bad stress) or eustress (good stress).
So the choice is ours. We can damage our bodies by thinking that stress is bad. Or we can look at stress as a challenge that gives us the opportunity to grow, and tell the world, “Bring it on!”
Which choice do you make?