Stress is not all bad.
In small doses, stress helps you to stay focused, energetic, and alert. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Stress can easily creep up on you so that being frazzled and overwhelmed starts to feel normal. You may not realize how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll on your mind, body, and behaviour.
Your perception of a real or imagined threat can spark the stress response, which prepares the body to fight or flee. Thanks to the stress response, you might suddenly jump out of the path of a speeding car.
But what about chronic stress?
When your stress response is triggered repeatedly, your body experiences unnecessary wear and tear, such as high blood pressure, which can lead to poor health.
Most doctors agree that stress has been linked to major health problems such as heart attack and strokes. It’s estimated that 60% to 75% of all doctors’ visits are stress related.
Being over-stressed can also lead to low work performance, sleep issues, absent-mindedness, decreased interest in life, addictions and many other undesirable results.
On the other hand some people are able to manage their personal stress levels easily and naturally. Those who do well under stress, are no different from you, except that they have learned effective Inner Strategies to help cope with their personal stress triggers. People who respond well to stress and know how to prevent unnecessary anxiety, are typically peak performers.