How to turn stress into something positive

When you think of stress, what emotions come to mind – positive or negative? Many of us relate to stress with negative emotions. Most negative stress originates from issues related to money, career, relationships and health. When faced with stress that we find challenging and overwhelming, it's helpful to get ahead of it before it accumulates. The better we can monitor our daily stress levels and take proactive actions to cope with it, the less our risk for mental health issues. Not all stress is bad, or needs to be. One positive form of stress is eustress, which motivates and can drive us to overcome challenges, so we can achieve goals, such as earning a university degree or getting a new job.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.