- A new romantic relationship, dating or marriage
- Starting a new job, especially if you’ve just graduated, or getting a promotion
- Buying or experiencing something you previously couldn’t afford, like a house or an expensive bag, or traveling
- Having a child
- Pursuing something pleasurable, like planning a vacation or a new hobby
- Retiring from a job you love
- A change in the family through death, divorce, or other forms of separation or interpersonal relationships
- Unemployment, job insecurity, or a job that is too demanding, or a toxic workplace
- Money problems, like debts or bankruptcy
- Problems related to a child, like bullying or behavioral issues
- Mental, physical or emotional illness, either personal or a family
- A traumatic experience or abuse
- Retiring without savings
One point worth noting about the conditions stated above is a person’s ability to cope with a stressor. Since each person is different, coping levels are also different.
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.