In our modern society, we all think of stress as something negative, something bad that we should avoid. However, that isn’t the case, so to reassure you that all stress is not bad, and I wanted to share with you an inspiring quote from David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo’s powerful book ‘Power up Your Brain’:
“But we must remember that stress isn’t all bad. In fact, it is essential
for human progress, just as necessity is the mother of invention. When we
are unable to respond with creativity to a challenging situation, it is
because we are caught in a neural rut. Our brain’s wiring won’t permit it.
When you go to the gym for strength training, you put stress on your
muscles, and at the end of the workout, you leave with a toned body and a
feeling of accomplishment.
Biological stress on a species, such as that caused by a change in food
availability due to long-term drought, is resolved through creative
coping and adapting.
Without the stress of a changing ecosystem, our apelike ancestors
would never have left the savannas of Africa for more fertile
areas in Asia and Europe; they would not have started
walking on two legs instead of four. In those cases, stress was
nature’s way of inviting the wisest and most adaptable to
At our present point in human history, with a changing ecosystem and an
increased toxic load from poisons in our food and water, our species is
once again faced with the challenge of long-term survival. And the
enlightenment required of us may be no less daunting than having to learn
to walk upright on two legs.”
— David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo from *Power Up Your Brain*
While the book is fantastically interesting, you might wish to start with something a bit less daunting, like my quiz below:-
You can get a copy of my new book Success Without Stress which will help you to not only understand the effects of stress on the body, but is full of useful tips to help you build your stress resilience by creating your very own stress resilience toolkit.
Or buy a Kindle copy
(UK hard copy is highly recommended if you want to share with your team at work.)
By the end of the book, you will be in more control of your stress management. Discover:
- What stress is and how it affects our bodies
- How to identify the specific stressors in your life, so that you can take steps to reduce them
- How to track and measure your stress levels to get early warning signs
- How to spot the signs of stress in other people
- The 50 healthy habits you can incorporate into your life to prevent burnout