Last year I thought that stress is bad for us, that we need to keep it low or it will have a huge negative impact in my life and health, we´ve all heard that if we´re not aware of stress it can make us sick and it can even kill us. In the past months and year this negative mindset and belief about stress had changed for me and it´s the most impactful change I have done.
We´ve all been told that stress is bad for us but we all need some stress in our lives. Yes there is one type of stress that has a negative impact in our body and health but we need to know all types of stress and understand each of them so that we can lower as much as possible the negative one while we use the others to our advantage.
Stress is key for growth, we need stress in our lives to grow physically, mentally, emotionally. If there´s no stress will stay in the same place, the same way in the comfort zone.
If we think that all stress is bad for us and can make us sick then that´s exactly what happen, if we think that not all stress is bad or even better the most stress is good for us that it will help us grow and help u reach our potential that´s what happens, it´s a shift in our beliefs and mindset.
When we go to the gym and workout we´re putting our body through stress, we know that if we want to change our body physically we need to give it the stimulus it needs to change and with an adequate nutrition program and enough recovery our body will change. The same happens with all areas of our life, if we want to change something we need to go through challenges, struggle, failures, make different choices and all that creates stress, that´s the stimulus we need to get what we want.
It all starts by changing the way we think and our beliefs about stress, instead of thinking about it as stress, pressure or anxiety we can think of it as excitement and by that our mindset will change completely and the results will be completely different and more positive.
The biggest problem is that most of us think of being under pressure or busy like the long list of mails we need to answer and the to-do-list increasing every day or even when we´re stuck on traffic or when we´re anxious for an event as stress and they are constantly seen as something negative and this creates and bring more negativity to our lives, when we think about it as excitement it motivates us, our mind focuses on the positive outcomes, it increases confidence and it´s easier for us to take action.
I mentioned before that one type of stress is bad, we need to know how to recognize it and differentiate it from the other types of stress and we also need to recognize each emotion to act accordingly, it´s not the same to be late because of traffic than to be worried about how we´re going to pay the bills or if someone we care is having health issues or when we´ve been assigned to lead a big project.
We´re not meant to stay in a comfort zone, we´re all here for a purpose and we need to set big goals, with this comes fear of not knowing what´s going to happen, stress and pressure we need this fear, stress and pressure that comes from getting out of our comfort zone and taking risks. Those are the ones that will help us learn, grow and achieve those big goals.
If we stay where we are, if we don´t take risks and challenges then we´re not living and we´ll never know what we´re capable of. We can´t let the negative beliefs about stress and pressure stop us from living, we need to identify each type of stress and know our emotions to act the best way possible. It may be to know how to calm down so that we can think and make the best decision or reframing the situation to a more positive one.
The way we respond to any situation is what makes the difference so with stress as for any aspect of life having a positive attitude will always brings the best results, reframing situations from negative to positive, finding ways to take the most out of any situation, thinking about excitement and the best positive outcomes from any situation is the way to start. We´ll be sharing ideas and tools we can all use in our lives that help us change the way we think about stress but we need to be open to this ideas and realize that in most cases our beliefs and the way we respond makes all the difference.