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The 4 Different Types Of Stress ...And What Each One Means

There are four different types of stress categorized according to their effect on people. Many think that stress can only be negative like getting anxious or worried about say a strained relationship or a financial crisis.

However, there is such a thing as a positive stress such as a kind of stress that will bring motivation and a certain push for a person to go on and finish a task. This article will discuss the four basic types of stress that we humans go through in our everyday lives.


There are certain moments in your life when you get excited and thrilled about something that’s bound to happen or something that you’ve waited for so long to take place. Remember how you felt when you were in the following situations:

  • Winning a game or race
  • Buying your first car
  • Expecting your first child
  • Watching a horror movie
  • Planning for a grand vacation
  • Closing a big deal

You felt thrilled, excited and happy. These feelings make you feel good. These feelings are called “good stress” or “positive stress” or simply “eustress.” This type of stress gives a healthy effect on people making them feel excited and optimistic about life. Eustress pushes the person to perform his best and achieve his goals.


The opposite of Eustress, distress is considered the “bad” or “negative stress.” This type of stress comes as a result of undesirable events in one’s life causing the person to have a difficulty in coping with the change of events. Some undesirable events leading to distress are:

  • Strained relationship
  • Death of a loved one
  • Heavy workload
  • Financial instability
  • Chronic illness
  • Poor grades


Hyperstress occurs when a person is pushed beyond his or her capacity. People who are overloaded or overworked usually experience this type of stress. When feeling stressed out or burnt out, even little things can set off strong emotional responses in people who are hyperstressed. Those who are most likely to suffer from hyperstress are the following:

  • People who are employed in a fast pace environment
  • Working moms who multi-task, torn between family and work
  • People who are always faced with financial crisis
  • People who are frequently under immerse tension


People who are constantly bored or unchallenged are the ones who experience hypostress. It is the exact opposite of hyperstress. Those who have this type of stress feel uninspired and restless. People such as:

  • Factory workers
  • Receptionists
  • Secretaries
  • The unemployed

And others who are performing the same tasks over and over are likely to have hypostress.

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