Designing a eustress toolbox: From entrepreneur experiences to an online service

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    Stress is typically seen as a negative phenomenon. However, the positive side of stress (i.e., eustress) has the potential to improve well-being, productivity, and innovativeness, thus increasing individuals' daily resources at work. Focusing on eustress could enhance work engagement by turning some of the negatively perceived stressors into positive challenges. We explored this possibility by interviewing 21 Finnish entrepreneurs from various fields regarding their experiences of eustress. Nine of the interviewed entrepreneurs also recorded a eustress diary. Based on thematic analysis of the interview data, six main themes supporting eustress were identified: (a) Self-reflection toward changing the mindset, (b) Organizing work, (c) Stimulating positive pressure, (d) Harnessing a feeling of joy, (e) Mental preparation, and (f) Recovery. A Web-based service, the Eustress Toolbox, was designed to support practicing eustress skills related to the six main themes within the daily lives of the entrepreneurs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-257
    JournalHuman Technology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    We thank Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, for funding our research.


    • Digital services
    • Entrepreneur interviews
    • Eustress
    • Human-centered design
    • Positive stress
    • Qualitative research
    • Work engagement


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