You must have heard time and again about how stress leads to a number of health issues but were you aware that it can even be good for you? Surprised? Don’t be! You probably haven’t heard of good stress. As everything has its positive and negative sides, stress too has its own set of advantages if looked at from a different perspective. Let us have a closer look at both its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Stress :-
Let us first learn as to how stress can benefit you.

  • Motivates You
    Why is it that most of us are able to concentrate better and study with dedication a night before the exam or work harder when a deadline is to be met while it is difficult to focus when there is still enough time? The reason is simple – it is stress that motivates you to sit and study/ work with dedication. It is a do or die situation for you at that time and you ought to give your best. It is said that deadlines invoke good stress that helps in keeping you motivated and thus benefits you.
  • Boosts Immune System
    When in stress your body prepares itself for the probable injury or harm. One way in which it tries to protect itself is by releasing extra amount of interleukins, the chemicals that help in the smooth functioning of the immune system. This helps in developing the body’s defence mechanism though temporarily.
  • Renders Strength
    Dealing with stress off and on can make you resilient as a person. It renders both physical and emotional strength. So you are in a better position to tackle a difficult situation.

Disadvantages of Stress :-
While stress caused in moderation can offer the aforementioned advantages, there is no denying the fact that it offers a host disadvantages too. Read on to learn about the same:

  • Impacts Physical Health BadlyThere are numerous diseases that you may incur as a result of frequent or high level of stress. These include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, asthma and gastrointestinal problems. These health problems are on a rise these days and stress is known to be their major cause.
  • Effects the Mental Heath NegativelyConstant stress and anxiety can take a toll on your mental health. If left unattended, it may lead to insomnia, mood swings, anxiety disorders and even depression. The adverse effects these mental illnesses have on your life need no mention.
  • Hampers Performance
    As mentioned above, mild to moderate stress can give you a push to work harder and concentrate better however staying gripped by stress constantly can hamper your performance to a large extent. Acute stress mars your power to concentrate and meddles with your work.
  • Effects the Mental Heath NegativelyConstant stress and anxiety can take a toll on your mental health. If left unattended, it may lead to insomnia, mood swings, anxiety disorders and even depression. The adverse effects these mental illnesses have on your life need no mention.
  • Hampers PerformanceAs mentioned above, mild to moderate stress can give you a push to work harder and concentrate better however staying gripped by stress constantly can hamper your performance to a large extent. Acute stress mars your power to concentrate and meddles with your work.

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