Everyone’s has some stress, but when you can say “I’ve got this!” you’re on your way to the UPSIDE of stress. If you think having a lot of stress will damage your health, that belief can actually make you sick. Instead, if you believe that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” stress can actually make you smarter and stronger.
A recent New York Times article “How to be Better at Stress” by Tara Parker-Pope underscores the crucial importance of one’s perception of stress. The article cites stress research discussed by the Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her TED talk on the subject of rethinking stress (viewed 14 million times!) and in her book “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at it.” “The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it,” McGonigal says, “but rather to rethink and even embrace it.”
As you rethink your stress, try this “Whole Brain Posture” stress tool to get a new perspective on your stressful situation. It’s a simple way to help balance your brain and calm your nervous system.