The Different Types of Stress
There are four main types of stress that people experience.
Eustress is a type of short-term stress that provides immediate strength.
Eustress arises at points of increased physical activity, enthusiasm, and
creativity. Eustress is a positive stress that arises when motivation and
inspiration are needed. A gymnast experiences eustress before a competition.
Distress is a negative stress brought about by constant readjustments or
alterations in a routine. Distress creates feelings of discomfort and unfamiliarity.
There are two types of distress. Acute stress is an intense stress that arrives
and disappears quickly. Chronic stress is a prolonged stress that exists
for weeks, months, or even years. Someone who is constantly relocating or
changing jobs may experience distress.
Hyperstress occurs when an individual is pushed beyond what he or she can
handle. Hyperstress results from being overloaded or overworked. When someone
is hyperstressed, even little things can trigger a strong emotional response.
A Wall Street trader is likely to experience hyperstress.
Hypostress is the opposite of hyperstress. Hypostress occurs when an individual
is bored or unchallenged. People who experience hypostress are often restless
and uninspired. A factory worker who performs repetitive tasks might experience