What is the Goal with Stress?
The goal of stress is to give your body the strength and energy needed to protect yourself. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength.
Is Stress a Bad Thing?
Stress has many advantages. For instance, stress can help you meet daily challenges and motivates you to reach your goals. In fact, stress can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently. It can even boost memory.
How we perceive stress can determine its ultimate effect on our health and our overall well-being. If we perceive stress to be negative, it can weaken our immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
Take a look at the information presented in this TED Talk by Dr. Kelly McGonigal from Stanford University. It may just change the way you look at stress forever!