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Short-Term Stress Can Definitely Help You

short term stress can help you


Do we love negative news?

Do you know the short-term benefits of stress?

Most of us talk about stress at least once in a while but in the negative sense. The way we tackle stress is also not the right way. Time and again, we have discussed on this blog about stress and its negative impact on our body and mind.

Are you interested to know about the positive side of stress?

Short-term stress can benefit us in multiple ways. 

Let's Begin...


How short-term stress can help students?

There is no doubt that students are victims of stress on a regular basis. Student life is full of opportunities as well as problems. Sometimes the way a student tackle a stressful situation really matters.

Every problem can be an opportunity.

The exam is the time when most of the students are stressed. 


BUT...

A mild or moderate intensity of stress can help you to focus on the preparation.


For Example...

For time being, let's assume that you are an undergraduate student. When it comes to studying you are an average one. You hate the exam to the core. The last thing you would like to do is to prepare for the exam.

The worst part is when your colleagues and close college friends start discussing the preparation and you don't have any idea at all.

Am I too late to start preparing for the exam?

So, now you will start getting a bit stressed. You have a feeling of fear. Suddenly, you start looking at your notes. 

Your STRESS increases...

Now, you start looking at the course material and the timetable for the exam.

Again, STRESS increases...

You get a bit nervous so you simply sit down on your study table and start preparing for your exam.

Again, STRESS increases...

This time the reason for an increase in the stress level is the difficulty that you are facing in your subjects.

The problem with you is that you haven't concentrated much in the classroom and as a result, all the concepts are flying over your head.

You are scared a lot. You don't know what to do? 

Finally, you requested your friend to help you with the concepts.

He said a big NO.

Your STRESS aggravates further.

This time without wasting any time, you requested the professor to help you. 

The professor agrees and you feel as if you are free from the burden.


Due to the stress, you started concentrating on the preparation and clearing your doubts.

You don't want to be stressed again just because you started your preparation late.

When I was doing my undergraduate, I came across many students who started preparation very late and used to perform extraordinarily well.

The point what I want to make here is NEVER GET SCARED OR STRESSED.

In case you are late and left with less time to cover the entire syllabus. Then it's better that you concentrate on the part of the syllabus which has more weight. 

There is always a solution to any problem.

BUT...

Remember if you are too late then nothing can be done.

Stress has a lot many benefits. A small amount of stress can help you meet your daily challenges and also motivates you towards your goal. Stress can act as a catalyst in boosting your memory.

It was found in a study that individuals who experienced a moderate level of stress before surgery were found to recuperate faster as compared to those who experienced either low or high level of stress.

A mild level of stress can help your heart in working efficiently and can also help the body in fighting with infections.


A mild level of stress improves the cognitive function. The best part about the moderate level of stress is that it improves the connection between various neurons in your brain, thus, increasing the attention span, improving your memory and helping you to become more productive.


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I will suggest you, experience the benefits of the short-term stress yourself. 

Just remember a scene in your office when you were assigned a project with tight deadlines and try to figure out what made you to perform better and get a good feedback?

Again consider another scenario when the deadlines where far and the project wasn't challenging.

When you will compare this two scenarios you will understand the importance of the mild level of stress.

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As you can see in the graph, too less stress can lead to depression and boredom, too many can lead anxiety and other health issues whereas an optimum amount of stress can lead to high productivity by improving the performance.

A research was conducted on the rats to study the impact of stress. In the research, it was found that the significant but brief stressful events can proliferate new cells from existing stem cells in the brain. These new cells when matured leads to improved mental capabilities


benefits of short-term stress
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A sudden but eventually considerable amount of stress puts your body on fight or flight mode. The fight or flight mode is an alarm to prepare your body against a sudden stressful situation or perceived threat. Moderate stress also helps the body to fight against cold and infection. Many of you must be knowing that moderate stress stimulated the production of a chemical called interleukins which gives a quick boost to the immune system to fight against illness.

In case the viral fever or infection spreads in your family then you will definitely need the help of good stress.




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Can stress make you mentally strong?

Any GUESS...

It's always better to take an example from your past.

REMEMBER...

Try to recall a stressful situation from your past. It will be great if you could recall the first version of the stressful situation. Now, try to recall the second time you had the similar stressful situation.

Did you react the same way in both the version of the stressful situation?

Was the situation under your control second time?

Definitely, the second time the situation must be under your control. The reason is very logical and simple. You have learned how to tackle this kind of stressful situation and your mind was well prepared in advance for the event.

A study was conducted by Johns Hopkins in 2006 on 137 women. The study followed the women from mid-pregnancy to the second birthday. 

The findings were surprisingly positive for the women who encountered the short-term stressful situation.

In the study, it was found that the women who have encountered short-term stressful events during the pregnancy have given birth to the child with an advanced early development skill.




Conclusion: Short-term stress can help you in many ways. It is a friend you don't know you need. Next time before you start criticizing the stress, remember, you need it when you are handling the toughest of the situation.

Comments

ESD School said…
I really liked your post. Whenever my exams come closer I always used to think which tricks should I adopt to excel in my exams.Then I used to study the things which has more weight age. I have bookmarked your site. I will share this with my students at Episcopal School of Dallas

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