Let’s take retiring, for example. It can be eustress or distress depending on the retiree.
Someone who has worked in a good company and has financial stability can look forward to retiring. In contrast, someone who has money problems will dread retirement and might even work even beyond retirement age, just to have a steady income.
Another example of an event that can be classified as both eustress and distress is riding a rollercoaster. Someone who lives for the thrill will love a rollercoaster ride, while someone who hates such a ride will find it scary.
Impact of Stress on a Person
Eustress can be useful. It is this type of stress that propels an athlete to take that last-second shot.
This type of stress is what motivates a student to study hard for an exam. It is the force that inspires workers to meet deadlines and perform well. It is what moves a couple to buy the perfect gift for each other during their anniversary.
In contrast, chronic distress can take a toll on overall health. Being forced to go through a long commute 5 to 6 days a week affects not just the body but the mental and emotional wellbeing of commuters.
Stress buildup can lead to physical, mental, and emotional medical conditions like:
- sleeping problems
- breathing problems
- weakened immune systems
- anxiety disorders
- increased risks of heart attacks
- higher blood sugar and blood pressure
- issues with sexual reproduction systems
- stomach troubles
- tension in muscles