Although most people would understandably prefer to avoid stress, you’d be surprised to know that there are certain advantages of stress.
We usually think of stress as something negative and rarely associate it as a positive or constructive means to an end. Perhaps without even being aware of it, almost everyone has used stress to their advantage on numerous occasions in their lives. When you change the way you look at stress, you can use it in your favour.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE! THERE ARE ACTUALLY ADVANTAGES OF STRESS
DEALING WITH STRESS IS CONSTANT
Life has a funny way of throwing different things at us. This is what keeps us on our toes and makes us think of ways to overcome a new problem. But with every problem that comes our way, stress accompanies it.
It’s safe to say that stress is an unavoidable part of life. And when we take a closer look at what stress does to us, it can be as good as it can be bad. How good or bad it is will depend on how we deal with it.
IT PUSHES US TO ACT
The main advantage of stress is it makes us take action. It doesn’t matter what form the stress takes; it’s always a signal for us to take action in a new direction. That new direction might not be radically different to our current course, but nevertheless, it is still a warning sign that something is not right.
I imagine it’ll be impossible to go through life without feeling the effects of stress and from my own experiences in life, stress seems to have a positive effect in the long run.
It is only when you ignore the feelings of stress and refuse to take action that the stress becomes worse and can eventually become unbearable. If left unresolved, that unbearable stress can lead to your eventual demise, and nobody wants that. For this reason, stress is your best early warning detection system that your life is going off course.
IT PUSHES US TO DO OUR BEST
You can use stress to your advantage in school by doing your homework and submitting it on time. You can let stress eat you up at school by avoiding your homework and not studying for exams. Not only will you, most probably, perform poorly in your exams, but you’ll also get even more added stress from your parents and teachers. I’m sure everyone can relate to this, and it’s certainly a situation you don’t want to be in.
IT PUSHES YOU TO MAKE A CHANGE
The same thing goes in your professional and personal life, as well. If your job or your workplace is causing you to be stressed out, you need to seriously look at what areas of your job are causing you stress and address them.
Your stress will not abate until you take action, as hard as it might be to do. If your relationship is causing you undue levels of stress, it’s only you who can change it, but remember the stress has appeared in your life because something isn’t right.
Of course, it’ll probably always seem uncomfortable whenever any stress first appears in your life, but when you realise the stress has only emerged as a warning signal, you can make an immediate decision to deal with it. The more often you get in the habit of dealing with stress, sooner rather than later, the less time you’ll spend stressed out. And when you’re feeling stress-free, you’ll know you’re heading in the right direction.