Chronic Stress Sneaks Up on You
Chronic stress catches most people off guard, partly because the signs and symptoms develop gradually.
People often fail to notice gradual changes in their physical and mental health and behavior.
They think that what they are experiencing is simply a part of life.
That's why you need to be able to distinguish between chronic stress and "good" stress.
Stress Isn't All Bad
Not all stress is bad for you; a little can be beneficial.
We all need some stress in our lives.
Lack of challenge, stimulation, and excitement can be as negative as having too much stress.
Life would be unbearably stagnant without novelty and excitement.
Challenge, excitement, and change enrich our lives.
And the benefits of "good" stress are as numerous as the negative effects of chronic stress.
In moderate amounts, stress can
- Increase your productivity
- Enhance your creativity
- Motivate you
- Instill a sense of purpose and reward
- Sharpen your thinking and lead you to deeper insights
- Energize you
- Improve your performance
- Heighten your senses
- Help you to push yourself beyond your usual limits.
Costs Versus Benefits
Remember, some stress can be good for you.
Your task, is to distinguish between the levels of "good" stress that energize you, and the levels of chronic stress that sap your energy and create problems in your personal life.
Don't fear stress or attempt to eliminate it from your life.
Strive to keep your stress levels under control so that you can reap the benefits of "good" stress without paying the price of chronic stress-related problems.