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Stress and motivation

Stress and motivation

Used effectively, stress can motivate us to accomplish more than we had imagined possible. Stress can jolt us to reach our potential. Without stress, we’d feel rudderless and without purpose.

However, while a little stress can help us stay motivated, chronic stress can leave us irritable, depressed, distracted and anxious. 

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Even “good stress” left to fester unresolved for too long can turn into bad, chronic stress.

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Stress is indicative of change: something is happening and you’re forced to respond to that demand. 

Try to condition yourself to see stress as an opportunity and use it to your advantage. Stress can help you embrace change and make any necessary modifications. Stressful situations f...

There’s a lot that’s completely out of your control but . In fact, all you have direct control over is yourself and your actions.

You have sway and influence over a variety of other things, but you can only completely control yourself. So stay in control of yourself and don't blame other...

Resilience is how we deal with stress effectively so we “bounce back” after a difficult time.

As we deal with issues that cause tension and strain, we learn to face adversity, deal with significant issues and overcome problems. We learn how to formulate realistic plans and carry them...

The golden rule for dealing with stress is knowing when to say no.

You have to learn to refrain from accepting more commitments than you are capable of handling. Don’t kill yourself trying to make everyone happy and squeeze everything in.

  • “Good stress”: which psychologists refer to as “eustress,” is the stress we feel when we’re excited about something.
  • Acute stress: when something surprises us or catches us off guard. Acute stress is the body’s response to ensure you react and take measures to deal with...

When you find yourself stuck on something and are rehashing it in your mind, ask yourself whether you’re ruminating or actually problem-solving. 

Make sure that you’re focused on seeking solutions, thinking about ways to mitigate an issue or how to prevent problems from blowing up ev...

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