Surprisingly, stress isn’t de facto bad or good. Stress can have both a downside and an upside. Even “bad” stress that many people associate with really bad events (a.k.a. “traumatic events”) is not the enemy.
Stress has an upside — it all depends how you explain the stress. Studies teach us that when you use stress to your advantage, you can experience more “good stuff,” such as enhanced immunity, increased alertness, improved work performance and a greater sense of well-being.