How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

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Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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20 comments

  1. For better stress management brahmi which is a brain tonic can be consumed, which is easily available in Planet Ayurveda. Moreover, Yoga poses are not only rejuvenating for the body, also stimulating for the brain. Yoga’s unique poses were designed to gradually prepare the body to meditate even though the link is not often mentioned.

  2. I basically disagree with this–Theres’ a lot of circular logic here, and stress is by definition bad. If it feels good, it’s not stress. If it feels neutral, it’s not stress. If it is energizing, it is not stress.

  3. It’s too bad the studies she cites aren’t cited in the description. I’d like to see them.

  4. I know a number of people who trusted themselves to handle stress and had mental collapses, and ended up living in poverty.

  5. Just remember, if you’re stressed out at work, just change your attitude! LOL What Kelly is saying applied ONLY to short term stress.

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  8. I just realised that at 8:43 you can see the guy who went on stage in “The art of misdirection” talk that was uploaded a week after this.

  9. Since I have had M.S. for over 50 years, stress has been part of my life. It’s something a person learns to ‘deal with’. Exercising, eating healthy and napping become part of the daily rituals. Seeing my physicians is part of my life too. At least we have Dr.’s we can see!

    Keeping a positive attitude helps me. The smile on my face helps me too. When I share treat with everyone I meet, I usually get one in return.

    Barb

  10. what’s 1000 – 7?….helps you control your stress….and not go mentally insane (kinda)

  11. I guess I’m gonna think about this talk a lot and spend more time with my family😁

  12. I don’t really know if this applies to everyone.. I mean when you’re under stress, especially at a life-and-death situations, you should be looking for yourself first instead of others because it is our instinct to survive, while stress adds up here to fuel ourselves up to save our own bodies away from harm.

    Also, I don’t know how can you still manage to help others when you are under pressure, like when you are under a strict deadline, how can you manage to help someone when they might be a bother to your time? Not everyone can handle stress well and be calm under pressure, right? So as this kind of person, how can I empathize and be kind under stress?

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