When it comes to stress, there are two schools of thought: good stress versus bad stress.
Good stress, or eustress, can occur when you’re nervous about starting a new job, but excited to make a difference – the difference between good and bad stress (known as distress or negative stress) is that good stress will inspire and propel you to work hard, while bad stress could completely cripple you, causing you to think: ‘I’m not good enough’ and I’m bound to fail’.
It’s important to recognise when good stress tips the scales into the bad kind; stress, in its most difficult form, can not only leave you feeling down and, sometimes, depressed, but it can also lead to a myriad of health issues, including gastrointestinal problems, headaches and sleep deprivation, as well as contribute to chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
So, how stressed do you think you are? Take our quiz to find out!