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Three Ways To Use Stress To Your Advantage & Upgrade Your Lifestyle!

Three Ways To Use Stress To Your Advantage & Upgrade Your Lifestyle!

Stress, in general, is not a very attractive concept. Many of us tend to associate it with unpleasant circumstances such as burnout, depression, and failure. Chronic physical and emotional tension can also lead to loads of physical, mental, and emotional problems. Thus, it is no surprise that almost everyone wants to avoid stress as much as possible. The proliferation of self-help books and personal mentors offering tips on how to handle the pressure of daily life reflects our aversion to stress. 

But while the concept of a stress-free lifestyle sounds so good,  the truth remains that it is something that is hard or almost impossible to avoid. So how about taking a different approach? Instead of focusing on all its bad effects, you may want to learn how to use it to your advantage. A positive way of looking at stress can even help improve your lifestyle. Read on to see three lifestyle-enhancing benefits of stress:

Stress can make you more productive.

Ever noticed how you seem to feel alert when you are faced with a deadline? Sometimes, you even wonder how you managed to get so much work done on an incredibly stressful day. One research study explains that this is because our body and brain are forced to function at its best during stress. The thought that you need to finish several things as soon as you can also motivate you to focus and stick through a task.

Stress can make you healthier. 

Stress is often linked to many diseases. Therefore, it may be a bit hard to believe that it can also be a way to improve your health. Yet a study led by Stanford University reveals that it is indeed possible. The said research proves that the hormones released in the body during stressful situations can boost the immune system. This may be because stress provides purpose and excitement in our lives that can be advantageous. Whereas, a life with no problems encountered at all can be terribly boring and lead to sickness.

Stress keeps you grounded.

In this life, you sometimes need things to remind you that you are not invincible. If everything comes easy for you, you have a tendency to be arrogant and ungrateful.Difficult situations, on the other hand, teach you to be humble.  Stress is a reminder that there are forces and circumstances in life that are beyond you. You also learn to appreciate the blessings around you. As stress makes you a better person, you can also expect to form good relationships with people and lead a happier life.

Note: This article discusses the possible benefits that temporary or short-term stress can bring. People who experienced severe and long-term stress may not be able to enjoy these benefits as the effects can already be harmful. 

As they say, everything in life has a good and a bad side: stress is no exception. Thus, choosing to focus on its favorable side may make you realize all the benefits that you can gain from it.  A slight change in how you view stress can make all the positive difference!

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Easy Tricks To Help You Bid Goodbye To Procrastination

Easy Tricks To Help You Bid Goodbye To Procrastination

To begin, begin.
-William Wordsworth

Do you have a long list of things to do but never seem to find the time to actually do them? At home, school or work there are always a pile of things that you need or intend to do. Maybe you have been thinking of redesigning your kitchen. You probably need to rearrange the mountain of documents in your office but keep on putting it off. For what seemed like ages, you probably have a few personal goals to fulfill such as losing weight, exercising regularly or reading more but never get around to accomplishing it.

If your answer is yes, then you might be guilty of procrastination. It may be embarrassing to be caught red-handed with the practice of postponing things, but it is a common problem for a lot of people. A 2014 study done by an educational technology company revealed that 87% of 1500 students surveyed considered themselves procrastinators. The numbers prove that you are not alone. But, it is not quite a source of comfort as the same survey indicates that 45% of procrastinators agreed that the bad habit negatively affects their school performance. So if you want to achieve more in life, make an effort to bid goodbye to procrastination. It may feel like a struggle to change a bad habit but the outcome will be worth it. The following easy tips can help you win against procrastination!

Just do it.

If you want to finish something, then start somewhere. This statement may sound like a no-brainer but it is the concept behind a term in psychology which is the Zeigarnik effect. The term, which came from Russian psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik, implies that people are likely to finish or remember uncompleted rather than completed tasks. Apparently your brain will keep on urging you to work on tasks that you left hanging. So if you want to finally cross something off your list of goals, resolve to start doing it today!

Turn goals into specific actions.

A particular objective will remain just an objective if you are clueless as to how to accomplish it. In fact, lack of skills or knowledge to tackle a certain goal is one of the things that hinders people from achieving something. To make your objectives doable, it will be helpful if you list a series of specific steps or actions you need to do to complete a task. Breaking down a seemingly huge and impossible task will make them much more doable.

Think of the consequences.

Are you aware of all the benefits that you will enjoy from working on a goal but they fail to get you working on a project? Maybe you can try focusing on all the bad effects you will have to endure if you stubbornly keep on delaying the work. You may miss a lot of great opportunities or jeopardize the success of a huge project. Everybody wants to avoid bad situations, so it may be a more effective way to get you moving.

Since procrastination is a huge obstacle that hinders your success, you should strive to overcome it. Do not let your list remain just a list. Take action to beat procrastination today!

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