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Why stress is the key to growth

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    Problem and Promise

    In modern life, stressors are all around us. And stress is inescapable. But its negative effects on your health and wellbeing are avoidable.  If we can switch gears and learn to see our stress as a potentially positive force, we can actually alleviate its negative impact on our bodies and minds. 

    Here’s the problem: as anyone who’s juggling deadlines, personal commitments, financial pressure, and the need to, you know, eat and sleep every so often can tell you, stress doesn’t usually feel positive. But trust us – tweaking your mindset with the help of research-based strategies is enough to change your relationship with stress for good.

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    Stress can cause serious harm to your physical and mental wellbeing. So, you should try and avoid it…right? Not according to the experts. Stress is an unavoidable part of life. But it turns out that it is possible to skip its negative side effects, or at least seriously lessen their impact. In fact, it's not stress itself but our perception of stress that produces the worst outcomes for our wellbeing. If we can start to see stress as a neutral or even positive influence in our lives, we can start to avoid its negative effects.

    Thanks to simple techniques like stress inoculation and resilience training, you really can learn to see your stress as a valuable asset.

    If you’re interested in getting into the details, let’s start with making friends with stress.

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    What is How to Master Stress about?

    Modern stressors can be reframed as positive forces, mitigating their harmful impacts on our well-being. This article offers research-based strategies to shift your perspective and transform your relationship with stress.

    Who should read How to Master Stress?

    • People who want to reframe their perception of stress
    • Those who become more resilient
    • Anyone who wants to push out of their comfort zone

    About the Author

    This single-sourced Article was created by the Content Team at Blinkist based on the main ideas from How to be better at stress by Tara Parker-Pope on the NYT.

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