While growing up, we have learned that stress occurs when we are stuck on a problem, and the solution is far-sight. We get mentally disturbed and upset as a result of stress. However, a new study suggests that stress can be beneficial for your mental health.
What Is Stress?
Stress is a flood of hormones that happens when our minds see danger or possible danger, thus, acting as a natural defence. Hence, whenever an issue arises, our bodies generate these hormones to enable the mind and body to confront the issue or find safety. However, these hormones lead to increased blood pressure, sweat, and alertness.
Stress is also caused due to environmental factors like noise, speed, scary moments, etc. Thus, all of it makes us believe that our mental health has gone for a toss due to too much stress. The modern lifestyle also gives us a lot of stress like reaching at the time, deciding what to wear, our looks, what we eat, etc., everything gives us stress.
Can It Be Beneficial?
According to recent research conducted by the Youth Development Institute at the University of Georgia, stressing out due to deadlines or any other cause can be beneficial for our brains. It suggested that a moderate level of stress can help in the reduction of mental health disorders. Furthermore, such low or moderate levels of stress brace the mind to cope with future stressful events.
The report suggested that stressful events of life like preparation for important exams, interviews, rejection, etc., can lead to personal development, strength to deal with such difficult phases of life and develop learning how to come out of such situations gracefully by boosting immunity.
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But, There’s A Thin Line
Though a low or moderate level of stress can be beneficial, a minute increase in stress levels can be harmful. Assaf Oshri, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences said, “It’s like when you keep doing something hard and get a little callous on your skin, you trigger your skin to adapt to this pressure you are applying to it. But if you do too much, you’re going to cut your skin.”
It is essential that one must be observant about how much stress they are facing. Some people might find the littlest of problems stressful, while others don’t. Also, the capacity to tolerate stress varies from person to person. Oshri warns that taking too much stress can turn to physical and mental disorders, and there’s a thin line between stress being good for health and toxic.
She adds, “Chronic stress, like the stress that comes from living in abject poverty or being abused, can have very bad health and psychological consequences. It affects everything from your immune system to emotional regulation, to brain functioning. Not all stress is good stress.”
Thus, it is essential that people are observant of their stress levels and how often they get stressed. They shouldn’t hesitate from taking help from friends, families, or experts whenever they feel that the situation is getting out of hand.
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