The Good and Bad Effects of Stress with Stress Management Tips

How many of you have experienced stress? Your heart may race. Your head may feel like it’s going to explode. Your stomach may be in knots (You may even need to run to the bathroom 😳.). It’s usually no fun, but did you know that stress isn’t always bad? There are good and bad effects of stress. It’s important to take care of yourself and manage your stress level because long-term stress can be horrible for your health. Here are some good and bad effects of stress with a few stress management tips.

Good Effects of Stress

  • Get you butt in gear. If you have a deadline to meet, your increased stress level helps you to focus and feel that urgency to get it done.
  • Helps with wound healing
  • Helps motivate you to reach your goals
  • Can boost memory
  • Warns you of danger: warning system, producing the fight-or-flight response

Bad Effects of Stress

  • Decreased concentration with higher stress levels
  • Increased risk of getting sick
  • Headache
  • Irritable/angry/anxious may all increase (= people don’t want to be around a cranky person 😠)
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying awake
  • Increased worry
  • Increased negativity
  • Increased risk for depression
  • Exercise less
  • Possible substance abuse

Stress Management Tips (Get me to a happy place! πŸ„)

  • Say no! You can’t be and do everything. It’s impossible. Save your precious time for activities that will benefit you and your family.
  • Forgive. People who forgive have been associated with having less stress and mental health problems compared to those who choose not to forgive others (Toussaint, Shiels, Dorn, & Slavich, 2014).
  • Improve the way you respond to stress. Often, you don’t have control over the stresses that come your way, but you can control the way you react to them.
  • Avoid or change situations that create negative stress. If some people or activities increase your stress level, stay away from them or limit your time with them or in these activities.
  • Laugh. Laughter increases oxygen to your lungs. It cools down your stress response. It can reduce physical symptoms of stress. Because summer is coming up, I thought this was an appropriate picture.

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  • Be thankful. When you are stressed out, you are usually thinking about your problems/worries. Reflect on the little things that make you smile πŸ˜€. The people around you who love you.
  • Exercise. You will feel and look better. Exercising actually releases endorphins that can give you a natural high.

A Little Personal Information

My family recently came home from a family trip. Whenever you get back from being out of town, it’s a little nuts trying to catch up on things. I started to feel stress from my to-do list piling up. I came across a few Mother’s Day gifts from my nine-year-old son, Jy. For those who follow my blog, you may know that he was in a coma and paralyzed at the end of 2015 due to encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Here is the front of Jy’s card.

I think the “fold” is supposed to be on the other side. Too cute. I love the card even more!

Here is his note inside my card.


Here is his picture frame he painted with his picture from his teacher.


When I looked at this handmade card and picture of Jy, all my stresses went away. I remembered how grateful I am for his health and that I was given more time with him. The many things on my to-do list will get done eventually.

If you are facing stresses right now, think about anything in your life that you are grateful for. Laugh. Say no. Forgive. Go for a nice walk or jog. The sun will rise again. β˜€οΈβ€‹ Take care of yourself because if you aren’t healthy, you can’t accomplish anything. ❀️

Have a wonderful and blessed day! β˜€οΈβ€‹β€οΈπŸŒΉ


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44 thoughts on “The Good and Bad Effects of Stress with Stress Management Tips

  1. Love it! Great post, Ipuna, one to read multiple times! Stress is something none of us can get away from, so we may as well use it to our advantage when we can. And when the levels get a little too high, and they will at times, the tips you suggest here are invaluable.

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  2. Booom!!
    Right on, Sunshine. I love the tips for stress management (very appropriate picture πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚)

    Awww. I really love Jy’s gifts. Too cute!! 😍😍😍
    My brother’s a genius!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  3. Such a lovely card! Β β™₯
    I’m definitely noticing the bad effects of stress (all self-imposed as I over think and over stress myself, especially at the moment, over all of the smallest things…a control issue I think). Great post! x

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    1. I agree. I used to get worked up over the littlest things, which would add up to something big. Since my son’s coma, I’ve been a stressed a lot less. I just realized that so much really doesn’t matter. Sometimes I have to remind myself. I’m human after all. Thank you for your feedback!

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  4. This is beautifully written!! I agree with everything you said. Just wanted to add that stress can also affect your GI system and give you anything from nausea and indigestion to constipation, so eating well and staying hydrated is very important during stressful times!

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      1. Third year is lots better in that aspect, just 1 exam per rotation and then a practical final. Right now I am more stressed with moving and sitting down for boards but nothing too crazy. After step 1 it all gets much easier. ❀ thanks for asking!

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        1. Oh good! My husband is a dentist, so all of those big exams are no fun. I had to defend my dissertation in a few meetings for my PhD. No fun either. I feel your pain! Keep at it! Puerto Rico is beautiful by the way. My dad used to live there, but he recently moved to FL. I was last there in 2014.

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          1. I know, I love it here but really staying here is a very difficult situation for us and we want to go to the mainland to hopefully return in the future. But I hope you can come visit again soon!

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            1. My dad said that it has gotten a lot more dangerous there, which is so sad for such a beautiful island. I hope you get back to the mainland when school is over. I want to visit there again.

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        1. You mentioned your health issues in the past. Health issues are the worst because you can function at your optimum level like you would want to, but you push through it. I’m so proud of you for getting your launch going. You are putting yourself out there, which is never easy and takes a lot of work. One step at a time. Keep moving just like you said.

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  5. I love that Jy’s gift, it’s really cute! Especially the “Oops, the fold is meant to be on the other side… oh well.” part. πŸ˜†

    Great post always! I’m sure everyone has stress at some point, so this post is really helpful. Some people work better with a bit of stress (deadlines), but personally I work better without the deadline. Or if the deadline is really far off, then I can go at my own pace. πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you on Jy. Homemade cards are so precious.
      I hate procrastinating, so I just usually get things done way before any deadline. πŸ€“β€‹ Good for you on doing well without deadlines!!

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    1. Sure! I should update this at some point. Ha ha. He’s doing pretty good. He still has some complications with processing and playing soccer like he used to, but he is eating, walking, talking, and running around. I will take what I can. I hope one day he will be able to do homework and take regular exams with his classmates, but we will work toward that one step at a time. The brain is slow to heal. I have heard of other people who have suffered from encephalitis and some aren’t doing as well as Jy, so I’ll take what I can get. πŸ™‚β€‹

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  6. Stress is what I feel pretty much every day of my life. No kidding. My mom has leukemia, and she says that too much stress leads to cancer, and she tells me not to worry so much. But I can’t help it! I just freak out over things. I think last month, I had a “stress attack”. It wasn’t like a panic attack, but all the stress of schoolwork and homework and blogging and all sorts of things just came crashing down on me, and I felt super super overwhelmed. On top of that, I was sitting there just frozen, unable to do anything. Luckily, it died down but I won’t forget that! LOVE that meme, and thank you for the wonderful tips! I’ll definitely come back to them whenever I get stressed out. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, May! I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s health. πŸ˜•β€‹ Yes, stress can influence health for sure. I used to stress way more until Jy went into a coma. Then, I realized that many things really don’t matter. Trying to not get worked up is a practiced habit. I have to consciously practice letting things go every day, but it gets better the more you practice. I’m so glad you got through your last month. End the school year strong!! Thinking about you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. And you know my daughter gave me stress relief lotion from Bath and Body. Lol. Although maybe I should not laugh. πŸ™‚

    Anyways, I am glad you brought up positive and negative stress; many people don’t realize the two sides and that stress can be positive. It’s when we gear towards the negative that we should set our alarm to scale back. Great thoughts!

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