How To Reverse The Negative Impacts Of Stress

Feb 14, 2019   |    20 min read

How often do you experience stress in any given week?

If you're anything like the rest of us, the answer to that question is quite a lot!

And in the back of our minds we're worried by how much stress we experience because stress is very bad for us.

What if that wasn't true? What if it wasn't stress which was bad for us, but the way we look at stress?

Sounds pretty bonkers right?

Well, hold on to your hat because this is what the latest research is showing.

In the video below, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal, explains this research and how it is changing the lives of people all over the world.

Watch the video to find out how you can use this too and then we'll have a quick chat about what it all means...

What did you think??

It doesn't sound quite so bonkers now does it?

I must admit, there are a few conclusions made on the back of the study which I don't agree with, but other parts which I think give us invaluable insight into the old systems which we run on.

Firstly the link between stress and being social...

The stress 'system' wasn't created when we first started working a 9 to 5. As Kelly alluded to in the video, stress is designed to prime us in order to deal with a particular situation.

It's called 'fight or flight' for a reason. Stress gives us an enhanced ability to either fight or run.

However, I don't think it makes us 'social' as such, but rather, is a response based on our instinct to care about those around us.

Imagine you've been asked to complete an incredibly important report at work, the pressure has really been put on you and the deadline is tight...

You're probably feeling an increase in stress just thinking about it.

How different would you feel if instead of it just being you, it's now you and a friend who have been tasked with the report?

Same pressure... same tight deadline... same consequences...

Do you feel your caring instinct for the other person taking over slightly and the stress levels dropping considerably?

It's a completely natural human response. How often do you put others before yourself?

All the time!

So how do we use this in a real world situation to reverse the negative impact of stress, and help regenerate the heart?

Firstly, re-framing the stress, as mentioned in the video, is incredibly effective.

It may sound too good to be true but reminding yourself the truth about the way you feel; your body has upgraded your natural state so you now have more focus and more energy to deal with the situation, is incredibly effective.

Harvard study shows the immense power of our words


In a trial involving karaoke, 113 participants were randomly assigned to say that they were anxious or excited before singing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' on a video game console.

Participants who said they were excited scored an average of 80% by the video game’s rating system. 


However, those who said they were anxious only scored 53% on average.


Participants who said they were excited also reported feeling more excited and confident in their singing ability.

Then, using what we know about human nature...

Anytime you realize you're feeling stressed, remind yourself to make an extra effort to connect with your friends or loved ones that night.

It doesn't have to be anything dramatic, just a simple cuddle will do. Maybe have them tell you about all of the good things which happened during their day.

Between the two, you will notice your stress levels drop, your happiness increase and you will likely find yourself in a much better place to tackle the situation causing you stress.

But, this is just the beginning...

If you would like to discover 8 simple ways to boost your happiness, reduce stress and just feel GOOD...

Then you need to check out our article 'How To Be Happy: The 8 Noble Truths of Happiness You Must Know'

Let's discuss the article

How To Reverse The Negative Impacts Of Stress

Feb 14, 2019   |    20 min read

How often do you experience stress in any given week?

If you're anything like the rest of us, the answer to that question is quite a lot!

And in the back of our minds we're all worried by how much stress we experience because stress is very bad for us.

What if that wasn't true? What if it wasn't stress which was bad for us, but the way we look at stress?

Sounds pretty bonkers right?

Well, hold on to your hat because this is what the latest research is showing.

In the video below, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal, explains this research and how it is changing the lives of people all over the world.

Watch the video to find out how you can use this too and then we'll have a quick chat about what it all means...

What did you think??

It doesn't sound quite so bonkers now does it?

I must admit, there are a few conclusions made on the back of the study which I don't agree with, but other parts which I think give us invaluable insight into the old systems which we run on.

Firstly the link between stress and being social...

The stress 'system' wasn't created when we first started working a 9 to 5. As Kelly alluded to in the video, stress is designed to prime us in order to deal with a particular situation.

It's called 'fight or flight' for a reason. Stress gives us an enhanced ability to either fight or run.

However, I don't think it makes us 'social' as such, but rather, is a response based on our instinct to care about those around us.

Imagine you've been asked to complete an incredibly important report at work, the pressure has really been put on you and the deadline is tight...

You're probably feeling an increase in stress just thinking about it.

How different would you feel if instead of it just being you, it's now you and a friend who have been tasked with the report?

Same pressure... same tight deadline... same consequences...

But don't you feel your caring instinct for the other person taking over slightly and the stress levels dropping considerably?

It's a completely natural human response. How often do you put others before yourself?

All the time!

So how do we use this in a real world situation to reverse the negative impact of stress, and help regenerate the heart?

Firstly, re-framing the stress, as mentioned in the video, is incredibly effective.

It may sound too good to be true but reminding yourself the truth about the way you feel; your body has upgraded your natural state so you now have more focus and more energy to deal with the situation, is incredibly effective.

Harvard study shows the immense power of our words


In a study involving karaoke, 113 participants were randomly assigned to say that they were anxious or excited before singing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' on a video game console.

Participants who said they were excited scored an average of 80% by the video game’s rating system. 


However, those who said they were anxious only scored 53% on average.


Participants who said they were excited also reported feeling more excited and confident in their singing ability.

Then, using what we know about human nature...

Anytime you realize you're feeling stressed, remind yourself to make an extra effort to connect with your friends or loved ones that night.

It doesn't have to be anything dramatic, just a simple cuddle will do. Maybe have them tell you about all of the good things which happened during their day.

Between the two, you will notice your stress levels drop, your happiness increase and you will likely find yourself in a much better place to tackle the situation causing you stress.

But, this is just the beginning...

If you would like to discover 8 simple ways to boost your happiness, reduce stress and just feel GOOD...

Then you need to check out our article 'How To Be Happy: The 8 Noble Truths of Happiness You Must Know'

Let's discuss the article