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Making Stress Work for You

Guest Blog supplied by SWIB Tribe member Jo Long of Culture Stretch

Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?
 
We’re talking about stress.
 
No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can
be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms. The question is, what can we do to make stress…less stressful? Better yet, how can we reframe stress to work for us?
 
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal is onto something. In her TED talk, McGonigal drops a bit of a bomb on her audience: research shows that it’s not necessarily stress that’s bad for your health—it’s our beliefs surrounding the stress that are linked to disease and mortality rates. 

The study she references was conducted over an eight year period and tracked 30,000 adults. Participants were asked how much stress they had experienced during the past year, and if they believed stress was harmful for their health. Then, using public records, they were able to see which participants ended up dying over the course of the study (a bit morbid, but all in the name of science we suppose). Read more…

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