Stress is not the same as distress. Stress is a normal part of everyday life. With normal stress there are no traumatic triggers and the kind of pressure that you feel is generally at a low-level. A healthy amount of stress can get things done in a timely manner and help you achieve something that needs to happen or is important to you. Distress is what most people refer to as stress however it is quite different. Distress is triggered by stressful life events and situations.