I just want to lay down facts before you and then it’s totally up to you what you make of them.
Stress- the fight and flight response
Our body gets prepared for emergency action, the heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, breath quickens and our senses become sharper.
These physiological changes increase our strength and energy, speed up our reaction time and enhance our focus preparing us to fight or flee from the danger at hand. Yes, in this case, stress is helpful because under normal physiological conditions we’d be quite ill-prepared to deal with this kind of situation.
Stress- the overburdened mind
Your conscious mind is essentially an information-processing system. It receives data from the environment and processes it. Now there’s a limit to its processing power. When it processes more data than it can handle, it sends you the emotion of stress asking you to relax and stop receiving more data.
Unlike the unconscious mind which can handle many tasks at once- like breathing, digestion and driving at the same time, the conscious mind can only handle one task at a time. (conscious and the subconscious mind)
|More than one information to process at any given time causes stress|
Let’s say you are preparing for a very difficult exam. Your mind is fully engrossed with the difficult subject that you are studying. Your mind is processing only the information in your book. Suddenly, your Mom calls you and asks you to buy some grocery. At this point, you get stressed because your mind is now not only processing the info in your books but it is also thinking about going to the grocery.
Then your neighbor suddenly increases the volume of his TV. Now your mind is thinking about what you were reading in the book, what your Mom told you and the loud TV. Your stress levels now increase drastically because your mind is processing more info than it can handle.
Hanan Parvez (M.B.A., M.A. Psychology) has written 300+ articles at www.psychmechanics.com, a blog with over 3 million views and 100k monthly visitors. His work has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, and Entrepreneur.