Stress is GOOD for You!

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I know I sound crazy. Or that is what most of you might think. But the truth is that it has been scientifically proven – Stress is GOOD. Now at first blush you might think, how can that be? So many people have died out of stress. Terminal diseases have been caused due to stress. Stress kills people! And I will still tell you that stress is good for you, only if you choose to change your thought process.

This was a concept I had been wondering about for a while. Is stress really as bad as we think it to be? Stress simply involves production of specific hormones, increased heart rate, and in turn constricted blood vessels. Being in that state isn’t healthy for you. But what if all those bodily changes did not take place? What if you thought stress not as a negative but as a positive feeling?

Think of when you workout. Your heart rate goes up and the stress hormone adrenaline is produced (not all times but especially when your are challenging yourself). You are putting your mind and your body under stress. But at the end of it you are still feeling good. Because in your brain you know that you are performing a healthy act, for your body – you are exercising. The positive feelings that your mind creates, helps you not think of the stressful situation as stress. But say if you were underperforming at work, or heard a bad news. In those stressful situations if you simply chose to look at them as an opportunity to change things, or as a challenge to turn it around, you will see that stress is actually good for you. Stress gives you a chance and poses a challenge for you to make a change, or do something better.

I happened to watch this video on a very stressful day at work, and I have to say my day got a 100 times better after 🙂

Kelly McGonigal – How to make stress your friend

Change the way you think, and you will find the world changing around you 🙂

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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