There is good stress and bad stress. Good stress is a forcing function for action. It drives achievement. It helps to build confidence. Bad stress comes in many guises – worry, anxiety, tension and fear. It effects us in many ways such as sleep disturbances, poor eating choices, alcohol abuse, and anxiety disorders. Often, people suffer from several of these bad outcomes as a result of bad stress. If not managed or treated, bad stress can ruin your health.
I think that our relationship with stress and how it effects us is a barometer for how well we are doing in other areas – financial, diet, exercise, relationships, work and personal interests.
We don’t have much more to say about stress so here are our take-aways.
- Stress is unavoidable and needs to be managed
- Exercise and its meditative effects helps reduce stress
- Excessive use of stimulants (e.g. caffeine) or depressants (e.g. alcohol) exacerbate the effects of stress
- Success in managing other areas of life help keep stress at bay
- Successfully managing stress is good for your health!