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The Head Trash Show with Alexia Leachman

Mar 20, 2015

Stress is here to stay.

So instead of fighting and resisting it, how about you make stress your friend instead?

I’ve talked about how we can stop those things that normally stress us to stop stressing us in my podcast episode how to elimniate your stress triggers.

But, that’s not all you can do when it comes to stress… you can make stress your friend!

Now as you know, I’m a big advocate of recognising the good and bad in everything. So while many think that stress is bad, there is also a lot of positive and good in stress. Stress helps us to hit deadlines and it motivates us to take action, but as with most things in life it’s about balance; too much of it and it becomes bad. So we don’t really want to eliminate stress, we simply want to have it under control so that we can tap into the positive aspects.

We want to embrace it!

This podcast is very much inspired by a TED talk I saw recently called Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal . Kelly is also the author of an upcoming book called the Upside of Stress and here’s some of the book blurb from her website….

Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., - she believes Stress isn’t bad.... In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.

The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mindset, the power of beliefs to shape reality.

McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 6 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can’t eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.

So, if stress is big feature in your life, a great place to start might be pre-ordering the book! But here's the talk...