Man should not try to avoid stress any more than he would shun food, love, or exercise. It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.’ (Hans Selye)
RETHINKING STRESS: BENIGN, BAD OR BENEFICIAL?
We have all had that sinking, anxious, noxious feeling. You know the one. It makes our stomachs sink, our palms sweat and our chests thump. And what about those stressful thoughts, the ones that occupy prime real estate in our heads preventing us from sleep and terrorizing our minds with elaborate soap opera like dramas about how everything can and may go wrong in our lives. Stress, we have been may be true, stress is also what gives us the motivation to get out of bed in the morning, propels us to strive to reach our goals and set out to accomplish the things that we want to achieve. There is a strong and growing body of scientific findings indicating that stress can enhance performance, health and well-being.
One of the greatest factors that will contribute to whether or not stress is benign, bad or beneficial is our perception.