The more we worry about stress, the more we’re stressed. Then we worry more and then we’re stressed more. Sound familiar? The career stress cycle happens to all of us because “stress” is one of the most common words used today. Probably because we are all stressed to a degree. But not all stress is bad. It’s often what gets us up and going in the morning and keeps us cautiously observant, safe and smart. As cited in an article by Patty Onderko, entitled “The Science of Being Happy,” when we understand and are more aware about the positive effects of stress, our stress-related health issues decrease.
“New research shows that stress can actually help us thrive as long as we’re not afraid of it.” It’s something to consider. If you realize that stress can positively impact your life, career and health (to a degree), then you will harbor less ill effects.
Here are some positive stress effects that may help ease your fear of career stress:
- Stress is key to survival and initiates our “fight or flight” response;
- Stress motivates us to reach our goals;
- Stress pushes us to work harder and, if managed correctly, smarter;
- Stress keeps us aware and in tune to our surroundings;
- Stress warns us and can fire up our cautious instincts.
But yes, there is always the situation of stress turning against you. Be wary how much stress you invite into your life. As a career coach, I find this to be one of the biggest challenges facing my clients: too much stress. Let’s turn this around from bad to good. It can be done starting with a clear delineation of the kind of stress you want to invite into your life.