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Positive and Negative Effects of Stress

Stress can be defined as natural mental and physical approach to life experiences. Everybody may suffer from stress in different time.This may be caused by family, work, war, or any other circumstances.
Stress affects everyone in different ways. Though most concentrate on negative effects of stress, there are also positive effects of stress. I am going to look at both positive and negative effects of stress. Below are detailed positive effects of stress;

Boosts brain power

When you experience a certain low level of stress, it helps in facilitating production of a brain chemical known as neurotrophins and strengthening the connection between brain and the neurons. This helps in boosting concentration and productivity.

Causes increase in Short Term Immunity

The time body is reacting to stress, it prepares for any possibilities which may come. This is by producing a chemical known as extra interleukins that help in immune system regulation, hence providing the temporary defensive mechanism.

It motivates you to Succeed


Stress can pile pressure on you to accomplish a certain task. Pressure from the situation you are will encourage you to behave in a way that you will manage the situation in an effective manner and productive.

Makes You More Creative

When we move onto a new a path we feel stressed due to fear of the unknown. Stress pusses you to grow, adapt, and fight and to change. Every life events have caused a certain amount of stress. Therefore stress always accompanies breakthrough in creativity

Makes You Stronger

When you deal with manageable stress situation, make it easier to handle such situations in future. When you are repeatedly exposed to stressful events, makes your body to create a physical and psychological sense of control.

Negative Effects of Stress

Though stress has some positive effects, negative effects are more felt and experienced. Stress can generally affect your body, your feelings, your thought, and your behavior. Heck, it can even affect your teeth. So, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist when you’re stressed out. You stand in a good position if you can identify stress symptoms in time and manage them.
Below are summary of negative effects of stress;

Stress Effects on Your Behavior.

One may have these behavior changes as a result of stress.
• Often overeating or under-eating
• Misusing alcohol or drugs
• Using tobacco
• Withdraw from social activities
• Exercising often less

Stress Effects on Your Mood


Due to accumulated stress, one may experience various mood changes such as;
• Suffering from depression or sadness
• Feeling anxiety
• Feeling restless
• Lacking motivational or focus
• Always feeling anger

Stress Effects on Your Body

These symptoms may be as a result of stress.
• Suffering from a headache
• Failure to sleep
• Pain in chest
• Sex drive changes
• Muscle pain
• Feeling upset in stomach
• Being fatigue

3 thoughts on “Positive and Negative Effects of Stress

  1. Surprised that by being stressed there’s a positive effects although the negative effects still dominates. Our behavior, mood and health suffers greatly from this but what do you know, even stress has a silverlining.

  2. Stress has still a big effect on negative aspects. It can contribute various problems related to health such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

  3. Understanding what is stress all about is important thing to learn on how to manage it. Interesting points here.

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