Positive stress compared to negative stress
As we saw earlier, stress is a necessary factor for our survival as a specie. But it is also what might kill us. One of the problems with stress is that we need a small amount of stress to survive and to take care of some situations.
There is no reason to panic just because you get into a situation which stresses you. It is, for example, normal to have a small amount of stress before you have to go to an examination or before you participate in an important meeting. In this case, it is a good thing; it means you will be more attentive and more aware of your surroundings. That is really helpful.
Stress is helping you to take care of important situations
We get inattentive to stress symptoms because we are somehow used to them, kind of. We know them; we need them, and we are used to them. So we tend not to take them seriously in time.
Stress, in itself, is never negative. What is negative is if you are in a constant state of stress. If your body and mind never relax, never get out of stress, then you will literally burn out all of your reserves. In short, if you do not stop stressing by yourself, there will be a moment when your body will do it for you. This is the so-called: Burned out.
When you first reach the point of burnout, you will have to rest. You won’t be able to do anything else anyway. But instead of using a few minutes or hours, like you would have done in a normal situation, it will easily take up to few years.
Stress, in itself, isn’t a bad thing or a negative thing.
There is only positive stress, so to speak.
It`s helping us out to survive.
But there can be a negative result of stress if you are constantly in this state of being. A bit like, if your car can drive at a maximum of 100 m/h and, with a especially additive in the gas, you can make it drive at 110 m/h. And then drive it constantly at 110 m/h.
Sooner or later, the motor will burn out.
It is the exact same thing with stress: Even though it is a positive additive that makes us work better, the outcome is negative if we are constantly running at maximum speed.
So no, there is no negative stress, only negative result of long time exposure, and only positive stress.