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Stress types

Stress is an important part of our everyday life – coming from people we communicate, from events happening, from unexpected threats, etc. In most cases stress could be considered as challenges and/or problems of our life (problematic relationships, obstacles in our jobs, financial problems, family conflicts, children difficulties, etc.). All stressful factors are recognized by our body as threat and effects of stress on the body, is a normal physical response to events that make us feel threatened or upset. Generally speaking, the stress response is the body’s way of protecting us – helping us to stay focused, active and alert. Stress types can be classified differently.

Internet is full of different stress types but main stress types are divided as GOOD or BAD stress; as ACUTE or CHRONIC stress; as different types of body stress.

Stress types – “good” and “bad”

Stress types

There are four main types of stress women could experience in life:

  • Eustress (good stress),
  • Distress (bad stress),
  • Hyperstress (bad stress),
  • Hypostress (bad stress).

Eustress is a short-term positive stress which gives needed motivation for performing or achieving or winning. Eustress can be fun, exciting and energizing (especially during short period of time). Eustress is needed for additional energy and/or inspiration – eustress provides the focus and energy needed for performing at the highest level of our body personal ability. Good stress (Eustress) is quite useful and necessary. The right amount of stress is positive and stimulating – it is healthy and helping us to perform tasks faster and better. Good stress strengthens our muscles, improves our heart functions, and sharpens our reactions and thinking. Some scientists even suggested that eustress helps our bodies resist infection.

Distress is a kind of bad stress – response to different types of upsetting event including changes in job, school or university; changes in life; severe trauma; psychological difficulties; accidents and injuries; death of loved once. Actually distress is what we have in mind. Long-term distress could be a cause for depression in most women.
There are essentially two types of distress – acute stress and chronic stress.

Hyperstress is very specific type of stress when woman is forced to perform above her normal ability and/or her normal capacity at work (business women, abused secretaries, etc.); in the house (big families, single mothers, family abuse, many children, etc.); during overloaded professional performances (singers, actresses, show business women). In hyperstress women are very sensitive and they overreact and ordinary events can trigger a highly emotional outbreak.

Hypostress is actually the opposite of hyperstress – it is a type of stress of bored women. Hypostress could happened when women are doing same things every day without any interest, when women are bored from home routine work, when job is not challenging and not interesting, when women are constantly bored. If women experience hypostress, they could be frequently restless and uninspired.

Stress types

Stress types – different

Dr Elson Haas suggested seven different types of stress:

PHYSICAL STRESS – intense exertion, manual labor, lack of sleep, travel;

CHEMICAL STRESS – drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and environmental pollutants such as cleaning chemicals or pesticides;

MENTAL STRESS – perfectionism, worry, anxiety, long work hours;

EMOTIONAL STRESS – anger, guilt, loneliness, sadness, fear;

NUTRITIONAL STRESS – food allergies, vitamin and mineral deficiency;

TRAUMATIC STRESS – injuries or burns, surgery, illness, infections, extreme temperatures;

PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL STRESS – troubled relationships, financial or career pressures, challenges with life goals, spiritual alignment and general state of happiness.


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