Nassim Sana, MC

What Is Good Stress?

What Is Good Stress?

Nassim Sana, MCAs much as we don’t like to talk about it or hear about it, most of us have some level of stress in our lives. How many times are we sitting in the office and thinking “How am I going to reach all my deadlines this week?” When we hear the phrase “I’m stressed out”, we can clearly visualize the famous painting “The Scream”, by Edvard Munch in our minds, the never ending nightmare that follows us. We live in a demanding and high-stress society that constantly expects more from us. In addition, various media and social media outlets are constantly telling us how stressed out we are. As human beings we also have the tendency to associate stress with negative feelings, headaches and a multitude of emotional and physical conditions. But what we don’t really focus on is that some stress is actually good for us. Yes, good for us.

I think before we discuss what good stress is, let’s understand how stress – the vital warning system in our brain really works. The fight-or-flight response is when the brain perceives some kind of stress, it starts flooding the body with chemicals like epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol. This creates a variety of reactions such as an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Your senses suddenly have a laser-like focus so you can avoid physically stressful situations. For example you’re driving in traffic and someone suddenly cuts you off and you are able to avoid an accident, it is this fight-or flight response that helps you stay safe, and alive.

Now you may ask yourself have I ever experienced good stress. Yes of course you have, for example when you were mr and mrsplanning your wedding, buying a new house, watching a horror movie or bungee jumping. Good stress is also recognized as stress that is short term. Good stress is what motivates us and is beneficial for our progress. It can help us meet our daily challenges and accomplish tasks more effectively and efficiently. A little bit of stress allows us to stay focused and the end of the day and feel accomplished. Studies have shown that good stress or short term stress fortifies the immune system, improves how your heart works and protects your body from infection. Other studies show that during vaccination or surgery your immune response enhances.

Now that we know good stress also exists in our lives, it’s important for us to take the time and learn how we can manage the level of stress in our lives. The key here is to be honest with yourself and listen to your body. Our bodies are always talking to us and giving us signs. If you begin to experience the following: too much muscle tension, lack of concentration, headaches, irritability, interrupted sleep or trouble falling asleep, changes in appetite, and getting angry and anxious easily, you may want to bring more balance into your life.

Once you have recognized these signs in your life, then it’s time to take the next step and create healthy steps for yourself to decrease your level of stress.

• One of the main suggestions I always give is, try not to focus on persistent negative thoughts that prevent you from feeling happy. The more you focus on the negative thoughts the less likely you’re able to focus on productive goals.
• You want to teach yourself to live more in your possibilities.
• When you wake up in the morning visualize how productive you want your day to look like.
• Then throughout the day check in with yourself and see if you’re still in that space of possibilities and what tasks you have been able to accomplish.
• The most important part is self-care, take time out to exercise, read your favorite book, laugh, take vacation give yourself, relax, and stop to smell the roses.
• When in doubt take 8 minutes out of your day and listen to my guided meditation to wind down.

Psychologist World

Nassim Sana, M.C, C.C
Beauty in Truth Life Coaching

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