Stress is not what we think it is

Contrary to popular belief, stress in and of itself isn’t necessarily bad.

In fact, given the right amount, stress can actually make you stronger and more resilient over time.

The key is how we respond to stress

“It’s not what happens that counts… It’s how react to it.”

– Bruce Lee

Peter Bevelin would agree with Bruce Lee. He said in his book Seeking Wisdom:

“Stress is neither good nor bad in itself. It depends on the situation and our interpretation. Stress can be controlled by our attitudes. The Austrian physician Dr. Hans Selye says in Stress without Distress that it is not stress that harms us but distress. We need challenges. He continues, “Without stress, there would [be] no life… Complete freedom from stress is death.””

Bevelin also cited a study wherein:

“…researchers tried to find out the differences between business executives who became sick from exposure to high stress and those who didn’t.”

The result:

“They found that executives who stayed healthy had a sense of commitment to work and families, felt in control, and had a positive attitude toward challenges. They saw challenges as part of life and an opportunity for growth rather than as a threat.”

Stress sparks brain growth

John Ratey agrees with it too. This is what he said, in his book Spark, regarding how we should respond to our stressors in life:

“The trick is how you respond. The way you choose to cope with stress can change not only how you feel, but also how it transforms the brain…Instincts aside, you do have some control over how stress affects you.”

Ratey adds:

“What’s gotten lost amid all the advice about how to reduce the stress of modern life is that challenges are what allow us to strive and grow and learn.The parallel on the cellular is that stress sparks brain growth. Assuming that the stress is not too severe and that the neurons are given time to recover, the connections become stronger and our mental machinery works better. Stress is not a matter of good and bad – it’s a matter of necessity.”

Don’t run away from stress

So the next time you feel like running away from stress, remember that challenges are what makes us grow, they are the spark that ignites our passion. They propel us forward and makes us stronger over time. They help us push through the barriers that are blocking our chosen path in life. In the words of Marcus Aurelius:

“The impediment to actions advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Also, remember these words from Bruce Lee:

“Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Why? Because challenges are inevitable, they are part of life. We might as well learn how to cope up with it. I know it’s easier said than done, but if we only try to open our mind and see life’s challenges from a different light – to see them as stepping stones rather than as stumbling blocks, it would have an immense impact on our outlook in life.

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

– Frederick Douglass


Finally, to sum it all up. Whenever you feel like giving up, just remember these words from Thomas Carlyle:

“No pressure, no diamonds.”

Enough said.

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋




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