Everyone knows that too much stress is a bad thing. In fact, too much stress can not only can make you feel bad, but can actually have a negative effect on your health and well-being. In modern life, stress is pretty unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that it always has to get the best of you. In fact, as explained by an article in The New York Times, you can even use stress to your advantage.
Rethinking the Role of Stress
Okay, so we know that stress can do some pretty bad things to our body, but did you know that the biological roots of stress are actually positive? When you are stressed, your body responds with:
- A higher heart rate;
- Faster breathing;
- Internal jitters; and
- A release of hormones like adrenaline.
The body does this for one reason: to aid your performance when you are stressed and to help you succeed.
This knowledge is important, and we can use it to our advantage. Instead of always thinking about stress as a bad thing, consider the above about stress and think about how stress makes you stronger. By rethinking the role of stress in your life, you can start to use stress as something that works for you rather than against you.
What things cause you stress? How can you refocus to use that stress to help you succeed?