We all know the image of the zebra who is busy losing his stripes. His comment is, “I think it’s stress!” How many of us have been in that situation where we feel as if we’re losing our stripes?
A common wish for many of us would be to live a life free of stress. and yet that would not be good at all for our bodies or our minds.
Stress can be totally normal, like before an exam or an important production. Sometimes it motivates us to focus on work, yet at other times, it causes us to become overwhelmed so that we can’t concentrate on anything.
So what’s the difference between good and bad stress? There are countless articles and books written on the topic, but let’s see if we can wrap it up in a short teaching and a video.
- Activates the flight or fight response which may save your life.
- Can help you meet daily challenges
- Motivates you to reach your goals.
- May help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.
- Can even boost your memory.
Bad stress over a prolonged period:
- Weakens the immune system
- Causes high blood pressure
- May bring about excessive fatigue, depression and anxiety
- May be harmful to your heart.
- Can harm your arteries and
- Cause problems to how their cells regenerate.
So what to do about your own stress levels?
Dr Daniel Amen has produced this short 2 minute video clip where he covers the topic far better than I ever could. Do yourself a favor and listen carefully to it.