Stress is good for you

Posted date: September 16, 2013

Stress is good for you, both the good and the bad.  We all have different thresholds or limits of stress, and knowing these so-called ‘tipping points’ coupled with the ability to manage your cortisol (one of three stress hormones) is important part of maintaining a balanced life.  We experience ‘challenge stress’.  Anyone who has ever given a presentation or faced a crowd has experienced it. Last week, I had to face a crowd of 100 teachers at 3pm (not the most joyful time of day to catch a teacher) for a one-hour presentation on seizure disorder and first aid. I was very prepared, yet that feeling of excitement coupled with the unknown (a new crowd) makes even a prepared person’s palms a tad sweaty.  I didn’t quite feel like my heart was beating out of my chest, but that rush of excitement is enough to increase my cortisol levels. Alas, they could not get their projector or their microphone to work, so I ‘activated’ plan b and carried on.
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