Stress Can Be Good For You, Psychologist Explains

6 months ago
Psychologist Dr Meg Arroll talks about how changing the way you view stress can help you feel less strung out
Stress isn’t always bad for you; sometimes it can be beneficial, especially at work
Seeing stress as helpful can improve performance and boost motivation
Stressful challenges can lead to opportunities for learning and achievement
Dr Arroll also explains what to do if you feel stressed but don't know why
When something feels difficult and stressful, see what you'll be able to learn from it. You probably can do more than you think, as T.S. Eliot famously said: 'If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?'
Be compassionate to yourself – always. We are generally much harder on ourselves than others, so if you do face a challenge and trip a little, treat yourself as you would a good friend. With kindness and compassion.
Remind yourself every day about all the challenges you have overcome – this will strengthen the connections in your brain about accomplishments, so that when a new challenge arrives you'll be able to see it as an exciting experience, not an overwhelming stress.
But this doesn't mean you should say yes to everything – set boundaries and stick to them, whether at work, home or with friends and family.

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