How hard should I push myself? - Deepstash

Stress is neither good or bad. It's a natural protection response:

If you're an animal in the Serengeti & you're being chased by a lion you really, really want to have a stress response. Being stressed means you’re preparing your muscles to move—your heart rate rises & pushes blood to your extremities by releasing glucose.

In small doses, stress it’s good, but too much stress can make you miserable. We should not be stressed all the time. 

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If you want to live a life where you’re pushing yourself, develop coping strategies to help you manage stress:

  • Increase your sense of control: just knowing you have the option to reduce stress is enough to make something less stressful.
  • Increase your sense of predictability: teach yourself to recognise situations that make you stress out.
  • Create outlets for frustration: exercise, journaling or meditation.

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