What No One Tells You About Why Stress is Actually Good for Us

April 18, 2019

We’ve all been taught to believe that stress is bad for our health.  

I’ve discussed this at length myself on this podcast and elsewhere: how to reduce and eliminate excess, unnecessary stress to free ourselves from the potentially harmful side effects.

However, I’ve always acknowledged that stress is an inevitable part of life, and it’s more about what you do with it than anything else.  I’ve never believed that more after reading The Upside of Stress, by Kelly McGonigial.

In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking about:

  • Channelling stress and anxiety to recognize it as excitement for something meaningful rather than “bad”
  • Why facing adversity is so powerful to help us learn and grow
  • The difference between a challenge versus a threat (fight or flight), hows he body physically and emotionally responds to each, and how you can turn a fight or flight reaction into something positive
  • Why a less stressful life does NOT equal a happy life
  • Deriving meaning from our stress, and how a simple shift in mindset can completely change the way stress affects our bodies
  • The number of opportunities that stress provides for us

This is an incredibly fascinating topic and there’s so much to dig into!

Don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of my 5-day mini course, Chaos to Calm.  It’s all about managing stress and anxiety, and turning it around to make it work for you rather than against you.  Delivered right to your inbox each day!



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The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigial

The Upside of Stress, by Kelly McGonigial

TED Talk: How to Make Stress Your Friend, with Kelly McGonigial



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There’s a NEW weekly challenge in the Room to Grow Podcast Facebook group  every single Monday.  Something small but meaningful, and things that can give you huge rewards for minimum effort and output.

This week’s challenge is to read 20 minutes per day.  Yes, audiobooks count!  Whether it’s fiction, personal development, learning a new skill or checking out a biography, the options are endless and I’m a big believer that reading can change your life.  

Join us in the group to check out the challenge, get some accountability, and a bunch of book suggestions everyone is sharing, plus there are all kinds of new challenges coming up!



You can also email me at info@emilygoughcoaching.com, or DM me over on Instagram @emilygoughcoach with any questions, comments, or takeaways!  Plus, I would absolutely love to connect with you and thank you for listening in real life.  It makes me day to see you listening to the podcast and fills me up with pure joy. Seriously.  See you on the ‘gram!

Questions?  Comments?  If Instagram and Facebook aren’t your jam, send me a good old fashioned email!  info@emilygoughcoaching.com

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