Mind & Body

Just The Right Amount Of Stress Is Good For You

It's bad to feel stressed, right? New studies show that may not be the case. Sure, chronic stress can have dangerous side effects, including high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and addiction. But acute stress, on the other hand, seems to be beneficial. Unlike chronic stress, acute stress is short-lived, caused by things like tight deadlines at work. A recent study found that when rats were placed in short-lived stressful situations, they performed better on a memory test two weeks later. Acute stress may also help improve your alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance, and prime you to better handle future stressful situations. When your brain successfully tackles one small stressor, events that could cause acute stress down the line may be less daunting since the brain has conquered it before.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Over time, stress can raise your blood pressure, clog your arteries, and make you prone to anxiety, depression, and addiction. 00:16

  2. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. 01:10

  3. Ironically, you need stress in order to fight stress. 01:37

Written by Curiosity Staff May 25, 2016

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