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Chantal’s Influence Tip 44: Don’t believe the hype


I was reading an article recently in an american magazine saying that stress can be healthy. This is NOT TRUE.
Show me one person who functions better or makes better decisions when they are stressed out. 
You won’t find one. What you will find are people who are making decisions based on distorted or ‘low quality’ thinking.
There is NO SUCH THING as healthy stress.
But there is healthy Pressure
Here’s the difference:
With the right amount of pressure you work at your optimum.  You’re creative, decisive, energised and sharp. 
You feel excited (sometimes disguised as nervous).  Physically, you get adrenaline coursing through your veins. Your thinking is healthy.

Stress is very different.
It tends to occur when people believe they ‘can’t cope. Their thinking then triggers a stress reaction.  That’s the ‘fight or flight’ response. It’s about survival. In a major crisis like a fire, it’s a useful response. It helps you get the hell out of there. It keeps you safe.
But it wasn’t intended for ‘a bad day at the office’!!   The adrenaline running through our veins becomes cortisol. Without getting too technical – cortisol isn’t very healthy – especially over long periods of time.  And we know the damage that stress can do.
What if stress wasn’t just a ‘fact of life’?!
Consider the idea that stress is a thought created experience. How you are thinking about something will determine how you experience it.  It’s that simple. Yet it’s invisible, so people don’t realise it and it doesn’t get challenged. Stress has become an accepted norm.
Have you ever advised someone to ‘sleep on it’ when they’ve been upset or angry about something?
You see the problem isn’t with the circumstances themselves. Even though it really seems like it is at the time.  The problem is in how we are thinking about the circumstances!!
It’s an important distinction and possibly the most influential when it comes to healthy success.

“Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so” Shakespeare

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