Stress: Maybe it’s not the enemy
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Stress. The very word is enough to make me feel a little anxious and to get my heart beating faster. Let’s face it – so many of us feel overwhelmed by what we have on our plates. Personally, I feel like I’ve been going nonstop for the past few months trying to balance a full-time job, graduate school, family commitments, social engagements, and my own wellbeing. Many of you are faced with even more competing priorities and obligations. So how can we better manage stress in our lives?
When one of my professors recently showed the Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal “How to Make Stress Your Friend”, it really hit home for me. I’ve always considered stress a bad thing. I’ve heard plenty about the negative effects that stress can have on your health and even on your relationships with others. I had never considered that a moderate level of stress may actually be helpful. McGonigal’s research shows that the way we view stress is actually what makes it harmful or beneficial.
Are you interested in learning how stress can help you feel more connected to others and can actually promote self-growth? If so, I encourage you check out McGonigal’s 15-minute Ted Talk or her book, The Upside of Stress.