Stress is bad. It makes us look tired, it takes away our sleep, it fills our days with frowns and worry.
So why in the world would I want it to be my new bestie?!? I’m glad you asked.
Not many people realise how the stories we tell ourselves really affect us. Take ‘stress’ for an example. Stress makes our hearts pound, our breathing quicken, our thoughts race, and it makes us more alert of our surroundings (or on edge). Because of these uncomfortable feelings associated with being stressed it has become a huge public health enemy. But did you know that it might only be bad for you because you believe it is? What if stress was helping your body prepare for challenges? What if it was actually helping and not hindering?
Interested to know how you can see this amazing side of stress? Click here to watch an excellent TED video featuring psychologist Kelly McGonigal and her views on how we need to change our outlook on stress.