What if everything you thought you knew about stress was wrong?
Over the years we've grown to see stress as Public Enemy No.1, responsible for countless health problems, relationship troubles, unhappiness and anxiety, and to be avoided at all costs. But what if changing your mindset about stress could actually make you healthier, happier and better able to reach your goals?
In this new book, health psychologist Dr Kelly McGonigal reveals the new science of stress, showing that by embracing stress and changing your thinking, your stress response could become your most powerful ally. Drawing on the latest research and practical brain-training techniques, The Upside of Stress shows you how to do stress better, to improve your health and resilience, focus your energy, build relationships and boost courage. Rethink stress, and watch your life change for the better.
Most people experience stress, and many, if not most, regard it as a destructive, unhealthy force. Yet McGonigal (The Willpower Instinct) believes that this belief actually does more harm than good. In her thought-provoking and thoroughly researched self-help book, she proposes that thinking about stress positively has the potential to extend life and make it more enjoyable. She suggests that our approach to stress affects our actions, and that a healthy mindset, where one accepts stress and uses it to do better, makes for healthy behavior. The stress response triggers hormones that can help people to do better to function at peak performance, spark social interactions, and learn effectively in new situations. Stress might actually be viewed as necessary for creating a meaningful life. The plainspoken, sensible McGonigal addresses herself to skeptical readers, admitting freely that she was unconvinced when first presented with this view. By citing numerous scientific studies and offering plenty of thought-changing exercises, McGonigal persuasively demonstrates why people should start thinking differently about their stress.