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Do you benefit from stress?


Posted by Lara I.

Before you scream: stress is bad! Think for a minute. And, yes, given that everything can be beneficial with the one important key word: moderation!

I know a lot of people, myself included, who benefit from stress. My husband is totally unmotivated, but put a little pressure, like a deadline, on him, and he is like a steam engine.

I thrive on being busy. I am most efficient while multi-tasking.

How do you benefit from stress?

 
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I thrive on being busy and active, but for me, there needs to be a balance between healthy, challenging activity and just giving myself the time and space to be so I don't define myself in terms of my accomplishments or failures. For me, stress is never beneficial, but then again, I distinguish between stress and a good challenge. A good, vital challenge fills me with determination, and it generally makes me feel happy. But stress is nothing but that--stressful! I think that when I feel really under the gun and frustrated and nothing's working out, I simply need to walk away from the situation for a little while. Being challenged is one thing, but being overwhelmed is quite another.
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