Learn about the helpful kind of stress.
Take a moment and imagine a life without stress.
Imagining endless, empty beaches? The gentle pitter-pat of lightly falling rain? You being eaten by a lion because you couldn’t muster up the will to run faster?
Even though you probably didn’t see that last option coming, that’s what some scientists say a life without stress might actually look like.
According to them, stress signals the brain’s amygdala to send alarms to key body areas, triggering the release of sort of an emergency response team of chemicals. The body uses them to fight the danger head on or get out of its way.
Of course, not all predicaments are that big a deal.
That’s where building up a history of helpful stress comes to your rescue. Over time, the prefrontal cortex builds up a catalog of events of sorts and turns off the amygdala crisis mode when it determines there really isn’t one.
Helpful stress is the kind that’s short-lived, produces positive results, and acts as a stimulant.
It can also build up resistance to infection, make the heart function better, and improve memory and efficiency.