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Stress Can Have Positive Effects

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Started: 3/4/2013 Category: Health
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ironicpod

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You know that too much stress isn't good for your health, but it turns out too little isn't ideal, either. Stress is a highly unpleasant and even debilitating emotion that can make us feel like things are getting too much for us, like the world is stacking up against us, and like we can't cope. However every emotion exists for a reason and of course we adapted to feel stress through evolution. You need some stress to survive, since the stress response is one of the ways that the body protects itself in dangerous situations. Stress can enhance performance under pressure, helping you rise to the occasion. Stress can fuel creativity, create excitement, or energise you for an important event or project. Stress lends excitement and vigour to many aspects of life. It is only when stress becomes unmanageable and gets out of control that it can wreak havoc upon your body, your peace of mind, and your productivity.

Point 1: Stress is motivating
First and foremost, stress is positive in that it can be a great motivating force at times and this is partly probably why we developed stress in the first place. In fact it's often easy to see how stress can be a useful motivating factor by looking at every day examples. You may remember for instance being at school and revising for exams. Here some people will have revised very hard and started very early " and this was an important as a good way to prepare for any exam. Other people however will have waited until the last night and then crammed as quickly as possible to learn it all in a night " or they may even have decided to skip this phase and to just hope that they remembered enough from classes. Of course the people who revised harder and longer were the ones who would have performed better in the exams and it was of course this group who were the more effected by stress. If you're stressed then you go about trying to rectify the problem, and you go about trying to prepare/plan/fix.
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Nice to meet you mate, hope to have a nice debate with you.

There are 2 big flaws with your argument as far as I can see:

1) You are labeling stress as an emotion, but that is incorrect. Stress is a feeling, essentially the end result of an emotion. Unfortunately, the end result of emotions isn't always good and stress falls under this negative category.

2) You are mixing up stress and pressure. Yes, definitely pressure can be motivating such as in a sport, but stress is an entirely different can of worms. Stress is your mind being put under tons of weight. You can't expect your mind to work better when it's carrying extra weight (especially if this weight is telling it that it cannot be done).
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