As odd as it may sound (or read) stress can be good for you. It can often lead you to want to perform at your best. Stress can even be a great warning sign and keep you alert to something bad that may happen.
Stress is also known as being the modern day illness with many people in the 21st century complaining about feeling high levels of stress. Stress is can lead to some awful diseases such as diabetes, dementia and cancer. Stress doesn’t just affect your emotions, how you feel and how you perceived the world but it can also affect your body too. Stress can result in headaches, body aches and of course contribute to the horrible life changing diseases mentioned above.
Acute stress can be your primal reaction to protect yourself, your body’s fight or fright response. So when we sense danger our natural stress responses help us deal with those types of situations, by making us overly aware and ensuring we react quickly.
Stress usually comes from a lack of control, although bodily symptoms associated with fear, anger and anxiety (a dry mouth, beating heart, twisting stomach and sweaty palms) are also the same for excitement. By adopting a head up, confident posture and saying to yourself “I feel excited,” it is possible to train your brain to create another emotion. The difference is all in the mind. So in other words, stress is triggered by how you perceive the situation – it’s your body’s natural response.
By almost tricking your brain into thinking it’s excited instead of nervous while also adopting a physical stance that allows for deeper breaths, you’re able to encourage optimal production of the hormone, tap into the energy of a stressful situation and take back control.
Chronic stress is the real danger, the real issue, this does not make you feel better, chronic stress has no benefits. Chronic stress can have serious effects on your physical and mental health. It can weaken your immune system, creating greater vulnerability to a weak immune system. It can also increase your blood pressure (this is not good!) and eventually lead to depression.
However, through eating well, exercising and making suitable lifestyle changes, you can reduce the risk of this happening.