Stress - we seem to be constantly talking about it, trying to avoid it, and planning our days to compensate for it.
What if, instead we saw it as an ally instead of an arch nemesis?
Recent studies have shown health benefits to stress including being able to focus attention, improve mood and even strengthen the heart. This is due to the chemical cocktail of adrenaline, endorphins, testosterone, oxytocin and dopamine that accompany the stress response.
The stress response is often asking us to seek support, as evidenced by the secretion of oxytocin, the “connection hormone”. We are social animals and often our stress is caused by an experience of disconnect. Reaching out to a colleague, friend or loved one and identifying the support you are needing is often all we need. Stress is one of our body's powerful signals asking us to pay attention.