Stress is an amazing thing. It is your body’s automatic response to protect you. It works in life and death situations to bring you to safety. Stress does lead to some physical suffering, but it’s to save your life.
Unfortunately, daily and harmless events can now trigger this beautiful mechanism. In the absence of lion’s hunting us down, we now see the loss of our job and fights with our loved ones as stressful leading to the same automatic response. This is dangerous because the physical suffering that accompanies stress is not meant to last too long. If it does, it can damage your health, your body and your memory.
To fix this, all you need to do is change the way you see the situation. Stress is a response to a stressful situation. If you don’t perceive a situation as stressful, your brain does not trigger the stress response.
The amygdala is the part of your brain that processes inputs and identifies potential threats. However, it operates on context. If you’re at a construction site, and you hear a bang, your amygdala does not fire of the stress response. If you’re at home and you hear a bang, then your heart starts racing. Why? Because, in context, there shouldn’t be a bang at home.
This is a powerful tool that you can employ today. When your past or future plagues you, change the way you see it. Your past can’t harm you. It only has a lesson. Learn it and then ignore the memory. Your future can’t harm you either. You have time now to prepare for whatever is coming. When the present is storming you, step away from the task at hand, look at the sky and take a few deep breaths. You have conquered every bad day since you were born. This is just another day to make you a greater person.
Learn more about stress from this article from Psychology Today.