Stress is fundamentally good. It’s there to help us survive. Remember, also, that stress is universal. We all experience it on a regular basis. The goal is to reduce stress just enough that it becomes manageable for you. Luckily, it’s only when stress gets out of control that it is worthy of the bad rap that it often gets.
Let’s focus on some of the positive aspects of stress—some of the ways that normal levels of stress can actually make you a happier, healthier person. Your body is actually designed to deal very well with most of the stress you experience. The adrenaline release that comes with feeling stress can help you focus and think more clearly and provide you with an energy burst to help you perform better and achieve your goals. We see this very often in situations such as sporting events, school achievement, and many creative and social activities. Harvard University scientists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson, discovered that up to a point as stress levels increase, so does performance. If you’re feeling absolutely no stress (for example, when you are bored or lethargic), performance levels are typically also low. [Read more…] about Can Stress Be Good For You?