April 18, 2022 8:20:16 am
Stress has become an intrinsic part of our lives today, and how we deal with it is crucial to our health. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that it experiences, which requires an adjustment or response.
The body reacts with physical, mental, and emotional responses. It’s a natural phenomenon, but it is often used in a negative sense. But is stress always bad, or is it a normal part of life? Can it spur one to be productive, creative, prepared for challenges, and motivated?
Kelly McGonigal, explains it in detail in this TEDx Talk.
“When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to it. Participants who learned to view the stress response as helpful for their performance. Well, they were less stressed out, less anxious, and more confident. Oxytocin doesn’t only act on your brain. it also acts on your body. And one of its main roles in the body is to protect your cardiovascular system from the effects of stress. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory. People who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying zero.
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“Caring created resilience. and so we see once again that the harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable. How you think and you act can transform your experience of stress. when you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience,” says McGonigal.
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