Is Stress bad, right?
Stress is a kind of energy like an effective drug–it’s all about dosing. So how can we avoid short-term stress overdoses or long-term stress addiction? Here is the suggestion where you can turn stress into productivity.
When our brains feel stressed, they release a chemical called noradrenaline. It explained that “We don’t function too well with too much or too little of this chemical, according to Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College, Dublin, and author of the upcoming book The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger, and Sharper“. There’s a sweet spot in the middle where if you have just the right amount, the alternative zone of noradrenaline, that acts like the best brain-tuner.
Tips to help you transform in the alternative zone
Cognitive Reframe YourselfStress is very dependent on the attitude. Expect the physical feeling of stress to make you freeze and panic. But view your body’s excitement as an appropriate preparation for a challenge, and stress can be transformed into a performance enhancer.
Research have found that when people are put in stressful situations such as public speaking or singing, telling yourself to calm down can actually backfire. Instead, those who reframe the situation as exciting and ride the wave of stress are better equipped to handle it.
So next time your palms are sweating before a big presentation, don’t tell yourself, “I’m stressed. I’m going to choke.” Tell yourself, “All is well to perform at my best.” Remember, the word “All is well” which Aamir Khan said in the movie 3 Idiots.
Build a new track to the mind
Every time we think something, it leaves a “track” in the brain, making it easier to have the same thought again. Which is why complaining is so toxic, and gratitude so healthy, and also why stressing out is a self-reinforcing cycle.
For this reason, “rather than letting your negative self-doubt run wild, you need to recognize when you’re going down this negative path and stop yourself”.
Challenge your assumptions would challenge a hypothesis.
Faith in the Fight
Stress can be like a bolt out of the blue that you have no control over–one minute you’re standing there calmly reviewing your notes for the big speech, the next you’re drenched in sweat and apparently suffering from short-term amnesia. But if you want to use stress to your advantage, you have to flip this script. Don’t think of stress as something that controls you, but as something you can control and use.
Think about Stand-up comedians or performers who worry if they don’t feel that ‘edge‘ of anxiety before a performance. With the right mindset, stress can be a performance enhancer.