I know it sounds absurd. Why would you need to be stressed? Especially when you’re looking for ways to eliminate it from your life.
But the fact of the matter is you can’t. There’s no way to completely rid your life of stress.
Some way, somehow it will always find its way in. You’ll probably end up more stressed trying to get it out.
Think about all the ways stress weasels its way into your life, family, friends and work. Even a trip to a local store filled with strangers can turn into quite the ordeal.
You could minimize your time with all of those things but that would make things much harder.
And after all that drama, stress will still be there, laughing in your face like it never left.
But the joke is not completely on you because it’s good to have some stress in your life. As long as it’s not driving you utterly insane you could benefit from it.
So end the end you can thrive from it still hanging around.
You’re Bringing in the Bad Stress
I’m sure for years you’ve been trying to rid your life of stress. You’ve probably done everything you can think of, from breathing exercises to completely walking away from the problem.
Sometimes they work and other times it doesn’t. But either way stress still finds a way back into your life. I think at this point you and I both know that it’s not going anywhere.
But why are you fighting so hard to get rid of something that’s pretty much permanent anyway? Because they made it seem like you had to.
It’s been drilled into your head, since the beginning of time, that stress is a bad thing. A killer even.
You were made to believe that you had to get rid of it to be happy and healthy. But instead you’re driving yourself insane trying to exile it from your life.
So you’re not exactly happy and you might even be testing your health living this way.
The truth is stress is just a part of the ups and downs that come with everyday life. And that’s fine as long as it’s short term.
You may not have even noticed the difference between short term and long term stress because to you stress is stress. It’s all the same, there’s no difference.
I mean after all you have the same reaction to it so how would you know there was a difference. Well my friend, there is.
Long term stress is an event of stress that ongoing or has lasting effects. For instance, having an extremely stressful and overwhelming job would fall into the category of long term stress.
Short term stress isn’t as heavy. It’s like there being a traffic jam ahead when you need to be a work in 10 minutes.
Yeah, you’re stressed about having to figure out how to get to work on time but it’s probably not going to give you an ulcer.
Keep it Short
If you’re going to change things around in your life you have to be realistic. And the fact of the matter is you can’t make all of your stress vanish into thin air.
As long as short term stress is the prominent type of stress in your life you’ll be fine. In fact this kind of stress has its own benefits.
Once you realize what they are you’ll be able to handle it better and get out the endless cycle of trying to banish it all without getting anywhere.
Think of how much time and energy you’ll have after. See, the stress benefits are already two-fold.
1. It’ll push you
How many times has a stressful situation lit a fire under your bum?
Think about the all-nighters you pulled in school writing reports that were assigned months in advance, all because you waited until the due date was in your face.
Nothing like knowing that a deadline is hanging over your head to kick things into high gear.
Stress has a high octane way of motivating you and pushing you out of the procrastinating phase.
2. It helps your brain
Who would’ve thought? And you thought it only gave you headaches.
Studies have found that acute stress can actually improve your memory and concentration, pushing it to optimal performance.
This explains why some people so their best work when they’re working under the gun. You just come up with good stuff because you have to. Your brain knows that there’s no other option.
The stress related headaches that you may experience are likely from severe stress.
3. It can make you stronger
Now that I think about it, I guess that’s how some people get superhuman strength during stressful times, like a single person lifting a car off of a child…
But that’s not actually what I’m talking about. I’m sure you can be physically as strong as you need to be when the time comes but it also strengthens you emotionally and mentally.
Acute stress causes you to be more flexible while working through it and leaves you tougher than you were before.
4. It can make you healthier
See its’ not all bad. While some stress probably lead to a shorter life span, short term stress can kick your body into protection status.
Another study has revealed that this kind of stress can increase the performance of your body’s immune system.
Basically your body responds to the stress by going into active mode.
It’s kind of like when you know something unexpected and stressful is going to happen and you suddenly start sweating. Your body knows things are about to get hot so it immediately begins to cool you down.
5. It can guide you
You know there is stress out there that is bad for you. That’s the kind of stress that you need to watch out for and eliminate from your life.
If you’re constantly stressed about the same thing that’s an indication that somethings got to change.
Your stressed reaction lets you know that something isn’t right.
It’s like a guiding emotion of epic portions.
6. It helps you bond
You ever notice how after you’ve gone through a tough time and a friend has been there for you, it brings you two closer?
Yeah, that’s it.
The stress of the whole situation just somehow deepens your bond and changes your relationship for the better.
You’re more connected with that person in a way like no other ever before.
It Isn’t All Bad
Stress is infamous for the negative impact it can have on your life but regardless of how horrible you think it is and how much you try, it’s never going to go away completely.
And while it can have its downside, stress can also be a stimulant. Sometimes you need a different kind of jolt to get moving.
It’s easier to deal with stress and overcome it if you can look past the idea of it solely being there to rip your life to shreds.
Besides, a life without some kind of chaos would be really boring and less stimulating.
How do you typically respond to stress? Looking back, did any of these things happen?