Most of us are familiar with the feeling of being stressed. Stress is a state of mind that developed over millions of years of evolution, as a way of telling us to take action in high-pressure situations.
It forms part of a ‘fight or flight’ response and is supposed to motivate us into dealing with threatening situations. But this doesn’t mean stress is a good thing.
It’s true that if we didn’t feel the pressures of risky scenarios, many of us would lead less interesting lives. However, stress is only useful up to a point.
If it helped our hunter gatherer ancestors to escape unharmed from predators – it’s a good thing.
If stress seems to rule our lives, over days, weeks or months, if it causes physical and mental strain and actually has the opposite effect to what it should – that is, it demotivates us – then it is definitely not a good thing!