Cope With Stress by Convincing Yourself It’s a Good Thing

We here at TVWriter™ have been talking about how the title of th is article might better be, “The Art of Lying to Yourself in the Most Positive Way,” but the point is that sometimes we all need to know how to, um, approach the truth in a looser, more helpful way than usual if we want to survive.

Especially we writers. Because, let’s face it, stress is anathema to productivity, and our productivity is pretty much all we’ve got. So:

by Emily Price

Stress is one of those things we all have to deal with. But what if you could use stress to your advantage?

Brad Stulberg, coauthor of the book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success (that’s a mouthful) recently spoke to Business Insider about how we can all use stressful situations to our advantage.

His recommendation?

Instead of looking at stress as something negative, where you need to tell your body to calm down because you’re too stressed, look at it as a positive “I’m excited. This is my body getting ready to give its best. These are my perceptions being heightened.”

Stulberg argues that at its core, stress is just a stimulus. A stimulus could be a workout, or it could be a performance review with your boss.

Read it all at Lifehacker