Think of the last time you felt stressed. (For many, that time might be right … now.) Maybe your heart’s racing a little bit, your brain wheels won’t stop whirring, your eyes even feel like they might be bugging out of your head a bit. You probably feel like you’re racing toward a finish line you’re not sure you’ll make it to, while something heavy is pumping through your veins.
Think of the last time you felt stressed. (For many, that time might be right … now.)
At a recent 99U conference, psychologist and researcher Kelly McGonigal shared some research from her upcoming book, The Upside of Stress, that has changed the way she thinks about and experiences stressful situations.
The catch? In order to get these positive benefits from stress as opposed to the well-known negative ones, you have to shift your mindset and think of it in a more positive way. Sounds like a bit of a catch-22, but McGonigal shares a few simple suggestions for putting this into practice.
When you’re stressed, it often means you’re pushing yourself to grow, working on something you really care about, or otherwise making your mark on the world. But when you’re working on something this important to you, the stress often clouds your vision so you have a hard time seeing the larger goal at hand. Read more…