Stress can be good for you.
It’s no coincidence that we can perform at our best when faced with a healthy amount of stress.
For example, the nerves we feel before giving a presentation or speaking in public can give us the extra ‘edge’ we need to give a good performance.
After all, if we were completely calm and felt absolutely nothing we could become complacent, which would be soon picked up upon by our audience.
The problems begin when stress turns into distress.
You may have heard of the Yerkes-Dodson Human Performance curve.
It is a visualisation of how there is a direct correlation between performance and stress, rising from boredom, to improvement, to optimal performance.
When stress reaches excessive levels it then moves to fatigue, exhaustion, ill health, then burnout.
The key is to maintain optimal performance without tipping over the edge.
In BounceBack’s Coping with Stress eLearning course, we look at the signs of stress we need to keep an eye out for.
We also look at how to then reduce our stress levels by managing the symptoms, including controlled breathing and mindfulness techniques.
Combining these practical techniques with logical thinking can be the key to keeping stress levels at manageable, favourable levels.
To learn more, visit our information page about Coping with Stress.