A Generation Plagued by “Stress”

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Stress, is an immensely overrated, and overused term to describe conditions of students, working professionals and even homemakers today. It seems that we give stress too much of a negative connotation. However, stress can be fun and exhilarating too!

Recently, I was reading this article Clifton B. Parker about looking at stress from a different perspective than usual. This was published on the Stanford website at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/may/stress-embrace-mcgonigal-050715.html

Essentially, the Stanford psychologist, Kelly McGonigal expresses how stress can actually make people smarter, stronger and happier they simply look at it from a positive perspective. An integral message this article conveys is that we all know we have to encounter stress at some point or the other in life, and therefore, we should embrace it and live with it, rather than run away from it. In fact, those who can thrive under high stress conditions, are really the ones who have made it!

As I was thinking about this very idea about stress, an important realization occurred. In the field of medicine, health care workers have to work hard under stressful conditions to make sure their patients can be in better shape. As premeds, medical students, or even residents, we are going to have to deal with so much trauma, stress, negativity, apathy and inferiority in our profession. Thus, there is really no point in looking at this path as a stressful, and debilitating one.

This article mentions studies being done in which people show that their lives have been more meaningful with stress. Moreover, psychologists prove that stress can make a person stronger, more compassionate, and resilient over time, granted the person takes stress in the right approach.


Go check out Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk on How to Make Stress Your Friend for more info: http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en


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