According to Seward neustress is neither positive nor negative It refers to

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According to Seward, neustress, is neither positive nor negative. It refers to events that have no actual impact on a person. Seward defines neustress as “any kind of information or sensory stimulus that is perceived as unimportant or inconsequential,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). Another stress type, eustress, is a positive type of stress. It is “any stressor that motivates an individual towards an optimal level of performance or health,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). While stress is often looked at in a negative light, this second type of stress refers to the positive aspects of it. An individual who experiences eustress may find motivation from it. Eustress is most commonly involved with positive events, such as meeting one’s hero, or other nonthreatening situations. Conversely, the third type, distress, is defined as “the unfavorable or negative interpretation of an event to be threatening that promotes continued feelings of fear or anger,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). This type of stress is what most people refer to when describing or talking about stress. It is the negative feeling that a person associates with stressors in their life. Further, there are two types of distress – acute stress and chronic stress. Acute stress does not last very long, but seems unbearable in the moment. Seward gives a great example of a situation in which one might experience acute stress:
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3 “With a quick glance in your rearview mirror you see flashing blue lights. Yikes! So you slow down and pull over. The police car pulls up behind you. Your heart is racing, your voice becomes scratchy, and your palms are sweating as you try to retrieve license and registration from your wallet while rolling your window down at the same time. When the officer asks you why you were speeding you can barely speak; your voice is three octaves higher than usual. After the officer runs a check on your car and license, he only gives you a warning for speeding. Whew! He gets back in his car and leaves. You give him time to get out of sight, start your engine, and signal to get back onto the highway. Within minutes your heart is calm, your palms dry, and you start singing to the song on the radio. The threat is over,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). Chronic stress, is the inverse of acute stress. It is defined as “stress that is not as intense as acute stress but that lingers for a prolonged period of time,” (Seward, 2012, p. 9). As these types of stress are prevalent in daily life, it is important to learn how to manage stress, to better one’s life and promote well-being. As it is necessary for one to manage their stress, there have been many different techniques developed and studied in order to alleviate the stress a person’s stressors generate. A very popular and widely used form of stress management is meditation. It has gained popularity throughout the world, simply because it works. “A meditation-based stress management program can be effective in relieving anxiety symptoms in patients,” (Lee, 2007, p. 195). Meditation is “a practice of increased concentration that leads to increased awareness; a solitary practice of reflection on internal rather than external stimuli,” (Seward, 2012, p. 369). Meditation aims to help clear a person’s mind in order to promote relaxation and clarity. It does so by inducing
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