Why stress is good

I went to the library a few days ago and came across a book by Kelly McGonigal, The Upside of Stress. The book was set on recommendations shelf and was literally screaming at me “Take me, take me!”. I’m kidding, but it was a pleasant coincidence.

It’s ironic, because this is something I had on my mind for a while now and she really put many of my thoughts on a paper brilliantly. Also, she has a PhD, I don’t. She knows better.

This is why I won’t lose much words about stress and why is good. I would really recommend this book to anyone, especially those who struggle with any kind of anxiety.

It’s amazing what a simple change in the way we think can do.

Now go out and get excited about the next thing you’re afraid of, but you’re still going to do it. 🙂

It doesn’t have to be skydiving. For some this means going to the local store again. Or drive with your own car after a long while. Or do the project you were about to do for a while, but was too afraid of your own failure. Or talk to a stranger. Or even talk to a relative, friend, or somebody else you were afraid of because you were afraid of their reaction.

We are afraid of different things and something that might be scary for you could be no big deal for somebody else and vice versa.

How do you cope with stress, do you run from it or go through despite the feelings you might not like?

18 Replies to “Why stress is good”

  1. Although I didn’t read this book but I can tell that stress can make us move forward. It depends surely on the type of stress, the context and both the personality and the state of mind of the person under stress. Nice post. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Thanks for the like on my blog the other day…

    I think it’s subjective though. Depends on the context and type of stress. Being stressed by a partner who abuses you or an employer who exploits your good nature is never good for you, but enduring the stress from facing your fears and overcoming them, as you describe, can be positive and uplifting.

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  3. Really interesting. My older bro always talked about how some levels of stress are necessary cause it brings you to the choice of either rising to the occasion or giving up at the first hurdle.

    There’s some real gold in this post and the video. I can see why some people may have issues accepting what Kelly is saying in all circumstances of stress, but I think for the most part she is right in terms of our attitude affecting it.


  4. You write in a beautiful, honest and authentic way. I love it. I love how you encourage us to do things that we are afraid of because it is so important. We have two options when it comes to fear;

    F orget
    E verything
    A nd
    R un


    F ace
    E verything
    A nd
    R ise.

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  5. A certain amount of stress is harmless, too much stress is harmful. Getting out of your comfort zone is good and not necessarily stressful. Talking to strangers is always good in a public place. I have a Ph.D too, and can’t comment on the book as I haven’t read it, but I hesitate to ever say all stress is good, because a lot isn’t. I recently posted a blog called ‘Today is World KindnessDay, which addresses very briefly some of these things. Do watch your stress levels, otherwise you may become ill.

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