Positive Stress (Eustress) and Negative Stress in Classroom Situations
Definition of stress
Stress is the body’s general response to an intense physical, emotional or mental demand placed on it by oneself or others.
There are different types of stress named as;
1. Positive stress
2. Negative stress reversible by oneself (Type I)
3. Negative stress reversible by the help of others (Type II)
“Others” include fellow students, teachers, and different professionals in the community eg: doctors, those who make food to the students and any others who are well wishers of the students under their stress.
Positive and negative stress is reflective on students’ character, relationships, hobbies etc. Teachers in general are having the ability to force students in many ways. This is a positive pressure which can be made use of for molding the students. But this power is having its disadvantage that it can also negatively affect the students if not managed properly. The negative pressure can spoil the innate abilities of pupil; even it can go to the worse extreme of character assassination, but students may be benefited if an unacceptable character that is being destroyed.
Different stress situations have the tendency to interchange in between. Stress may shift from positive to negative or vice versa. Type I and Type II negative stress directly can be converted to positive stress with the intervention of oneself and others respectively. Positive stress is an essential pain to success. But obviously these transitions are not permanent; it may be easily reversed, except when there is a high degree of self realization and continues supply of quality guidance and facilities for a high class education.
Parameters related to stress;
1. Feed back sessions in class
2. Humor in class
3. Thirst of learning
4. Questions asked in class
5. Work load up to an optimum level
6. Peak attention time period
7. Communication skills on answering
8. Study on an up to date basis
Type I negative stress
1. Fluency in learning language
2. Rapport with teachers & classmates
3. Stage fright
4. Thirst and appetite
5. De-energizing foods or habits like overconsumption of tobacco, alcohol or caffeinated drinks
Type II negative stress
1. Bad facilities at class and educational institution
2. Ambiance of the class room
3. Poor management of class timings and subjects
4. Preferred student strength
5. Poor teaching delivered
6. Sound and color pollution in the class
7. Bad health and poverty
These pressures are not only applicable to students in different educational institutions but for informal students too. If a positive stroke is given to a person experiencing positive stress then the effect improve in geometrical fashion. It may be the reverse in a person experiencing negative stress is given by a negative stroke that their efficiency may decline in geometrical fashion. What ever positive or negative stress is, timely relaxation is essential to the body and mind. Otherwise it may affect the psychological balance of the person badly. Rational ways to relieve stress include sleep, exercise, picnic, other hobbies, refreshing food and spending time with friends and family.