Why you should start experiencing stress as your friend

Why you should start experiencing stress as your friend

What if your approach to stress would have a really big impact on how bad it is to you and your body?

Research shows that believing stress is harmful for your health ‘makes’ it harmful. Changing your mind about stress will change your body reactions.

Kelly McGonigal suggests we should look at stress in another way: we should stop interpreting our body signals as negative reactions. Getting sweaty is not about feeling desperate, it is a heightened level of concentration, energizing you to get ready for the (stressful) task at hand.

Body and mind seem to start working together when we start seeing stress as a positive thing. When you are not feeling stressed out about your physical reactions, the bodily responses actually change. This is only possible by interpreting our bodily responses as positive or helpful.

Also very interesting to me: stress releases oxytocin and this nudges us to seek contact and help. That is amazingly helpful in stressful times (no matter if you experience the situation as positive or negative). This hormone is not only healthy because it helps you share and seek help, it also helps your body regenerate after a stressful time.

Helping out others and caring for others makes the harmful effects of stress undone, so even when you think you are busy helping others might be something to make time for.

How different I will feel the next time I wake up with a feeling that so many things still need to get done!

I definitely recommend you watch the video!

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judithmartens

judithmartens

Innovation and Research Officer at Sugar Habits
Judith studied behavioral change (applied social psychology) and is currently finishing her masters in philosophy with special attention for philosophy of action and intentionality. She works for SugarHabits a social media platform that helps people unlock more of their potential through learning new habits.
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2 Responses to “Why you should start experiencing stress as your friend”

  1. Love it! Great video, I never thought of approaching the topic this way. It seems to me far more effective than trying to erase stress altogether.

  2. Annemarie says:

    Good blog and very interesting and important topic! Relates to what I have learned during zen meditation, that “suffering” is not bad, as long as your outcome expectations are positive. I think it is a really great way to approach life and stressful situations, so good that you paid attention to this! Hopefully it will benefit people to think about stress in a more constructive way.