When a conversation with friends leans towards stress, everyone has to voice out his or her two cents on the topic. A married one with young kids tends to say that she cannot wait for the day when all her brood can take on chores at home so that she can relax. Another fellow is outspoken when it comes to the fact that he does not delegate work to his subordinates unless they can perfect it to avoid redoing the task. The others may then chime in to talk about the things that cause their fatigue.
If we base our opinion on how the folks mentioned above think of stress, we can tell that people are either annoyed or afraid of it. It makes you restless; it keeps you from having quality time alone or with family. Not to mention, stress is known as the ultimate factor that triggers many physical and mental disease out there. That’s why it undoubtedly has a bad reputation in the eyes of everyone.
Nonetheless, you should not hate stress too much when it’s only on a low level. After all, it enables you to:
1. Boost Memory
Pressure on its initial stage pushes you to use your brain more than usual. There is a problem in front of you, and so it is your system’s natural reaction to try to resolve it. Although you may not always find a solution for the issue at once, the process allows you to boost your cognitive function and slow down your memory decline.
2. Increase Sense Of Control
Being too relaxed is not often ideal since it prevents you from getting an excellent grip on things. When you are at work, for instance, and the project you’ve only given 80% of your attention falls apart, the shock you might experience from that may transform into regret and depression. However, if you have been pressured about it from the get-go, you can stay in control of the entire process and limit the margin of error. Stephanie Adams, MA, LPC says “Just keep doing what you’re doing or find a job that makes more money.”
3. Make Sound Decisions
Stress tends to make you see as well that you only have two choices in everything. It shortens your fuse; that’s why you won’t feel as if you have all the time in the world to ponder about various ideas too much. The decision you will voice out in that tensed situation may eventually be the best because you did not have a chance to overthink.
Stephanie Adams, MA, LPC says “Just keep doing what you’re doing or find a job that makes more money.”
4. Gain Motivation
Lastly, stress can motivate you to work hard for your goals at all costs. The conventional driving force here is your dream of getting rid of the stressor. The faster you complete the job, after all, the sooner you won’t have to deal with the source of your problems. Elizabeth S. York, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT says “Stress has both positive and negative impact on our lives.”
To Sum Things Up
Low level of stress is not something to lose your head over. Not only is it manageable at this point still, but it is more beneficial than you realize for your well-being. At the same time, do not forget to get moving always. Laurie Leinwand, MA, LPC says “Increased resiliency can improve someone’s life by enabling them to move through transitional phases or stressful situations with greater ease.”
The next time you experience short-term pressure, therefore, don’t hate it too much. Use the burst of energy it gives to strengthen your body and mind. Cheers!