My wonderful husband shared this video with me a year or so ago and I absolutely love the message: how to be good at stress. I have always perceived stress as the enemy, attacking my mind and body. I am not sure about all of you but when I’m going through a stressful situation I feel my heart pounding, the anxiety kicks in, I feel physically exhausted and when it’s really bad, I get this wonderful twitch in my left eye. Good times…
The science of stress says that these reactions are actually not that bad for us. Wait, what?!? It feels pretty bad to me! Our physiological response to stress is one that our body learns and grows from. Research shows that when your body goes through a stressful situation the physiological and neurological responses develop our bodies in ways that boost our resiliency and ability to manage future stress. It’s amazing! In the video I shared above, Psychologist Kelly McGonigal says the key to not letting stress take you down is your mindset. If we view the physical and mental response to stress as our body rising to the challenge, then we are far more likely to reap the benefits of that experience.
Don’t let stress take you down and stay grounded these three things:
1. No problem is permanent.
2. Everything is solvable – you will figure it out!
3. The stress is making you stronger. Lean into it.
So, let’s embrace the day and all the stress that comes along with it! Choose to view your body’s stress response as the biology of courage. Move forward each day with the right frame of mind and don’t let stress take you out.
Embrace the day!