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The Upside of Stress

Hello friends, I've never vibed with the current 'self-care comes first' movement. I'm sure it's help
The Upside of Stress
By Mustafa Sultan • Issue #20 • View online
Hello friends,
I’ve never vibed with the current ‘self-care comes first’ movement. I’m sure it’s helped many people — but I’m not one of them. That’s why I was happy to read a book showing the other side of the coin — the upside of stress.

Stress as the Boogeyman 👹
Dr Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford. In the Upside of Stress — she writes about why stress can be positive and how to get good at it.
I’ve often heard of high stress being linked to high mortality. It turns out that’s not true:
People who reported high levels of stress but who did not view their stress as harmful were not more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of death of anyone in the study, even lower than those who reported experiencing very little stress.
Your attitude towards stress is important though. If you think it’s a good thing — it doesn’t seem to harm you.
The Growth Index of Stress
Cortisol gets the rep of being the ‘stress hormone’ — but did you know about its cousin DHEA?
DHEA is a stress-recovery hormone — a neurosteroid. It’s released following a strong stress response and it helps the brain 'grow’. The ratio at which you release DHEA:cortisol is called the growth index of stress.
People with higher growth indexes respond better to stress:
The ratio of DHEA to cortisol is called the growth index of a stress response. A higher growth index—meaning more DHEA—helps people thrive under stress. It predicts academic persistence and resilience in college students, as well as higher GPAs
How do you improve your stress response? According to McGonigal — it’s all about how you see stress — see it as an ally and it’ll actually enhance your performance.
Most people view the stress response as a toxic state to be minimized, but the reality is not so bleak. In many ways, the stress response is your best ally during difficult moments—a resource to rely on rather than an enemy to vanquish.
It probably comes back to what we all innately know — stress is hormetic: a little bit is beneficial, too much is bad.
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All the best,
Musty
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