September 1, 2021

Do You Think Stress is Bad? Think Again

Research has proven that stress, in moderate amounts, is perfectly healthy and even recommended.

Stress is a normal part of life. All humans experience stress and react differently to it which means that, naturally, some are better at handling stress than others.

What is stress?

Stress is the natural response of the body when we are facing a stressful situation. If that situation is deemed dangerous, our fight-or-flight response is triggered. This will make our heart beat faster, make us breathe faster and tenses up our muscles. Stress is our way of protecting ourselves towards any danger.

Stress might actually be a bigger part of your everyday life than you’ve previously thought. For example, some people get stressed when they are about to hold a presentation in front of a group of people. Some people feel stressed when they miss their bus and others when they are up late and really can’t fall asleep

While being exposed to stress over a long period of time can have serious consequences on your health, research has proven that a little stress is good for us. Too little stress can lead to boredom and depression. If you experience the right amount of acute stress, it helps tune up your brain and improves your overall performance and health. Good stress can help us tackle challenges we are facing as well as motivate us. Stress keeps us alert and this is why it is healthy. It has also been proven that stress can help boost your memory!

Top 3 ways to stress moderately

1. Step away from stress. If a stressful situation arises, distance yourself from the source of stress and find some personal space.

2. Learn to say no. Learn how to stand up for yourself and know your limits.

3. Have a hobby. When your daily life is too stressful, having a hobby which is your safe space, free from stress, is key.

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