Stress is a phenomenon which is known to all of us. Stress is an inevitable part of our daily tasks and challenges, especially in professional life. Despite its negative reputation, we must accept that stress is not only inevitable but can also be a motivating factor for personal and professional development. In this article, we are going to discuss why is stress bound to happen in the working sphere and how can we use it as a source of motivation.

Stress provokes us to develop and perfect skills that we might have not used otherwise.  We learn how to be more efficient and look for new approaches to solving problems when under pressure. It requires using our creativity and innovative thinking which leads us to personal and professional growth. By dealing with stressful situations, we develop psychological resilience and our ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Our time management, priorities, and coping mechanisms all get better as a result of learning how to deal with stress. This strengthens us and equips us to take on new tasks.

Another important element is that stress can give us the drive we need to accomplish our goals. We work to convince ourselves and others that we can handle difficult circumstances when they arise. This sets off a system inside of us that makes us want to succeed. Stress has the potential to be an effective stimulant for our drive and success. Stress causes our bodies to release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can increase our energy, focus, and ability to respond. As a result, we are more motivated and productive in pursuing our goals. Therefore, rather of avoiding stress, we may accept it as a physiological response and benefit from it. It’s crucial to remember that stress must be effectively controlled in order to protect our health and well-being. Not all stress is positive or inspiring. Our physical and mental health can be negatively impacted by excessive stress or chronic long-term stress. As a result, it’s crucial to develop the ability to recognize stressful situations and manage them with the aid of different relaxation techniques, a healthy work-life balance, and the support of loved ones. We become exhausted when we are under constant stress, therefore it’s important to know when to take a break. Only when stress outweighs our capacity for coping can it become unhealthy.

Stress is something we should accept as a necessary component of professional life rather than trying to escape it or overcome it. We can get good results out of it if we look at it as a challenge and a motivator. It’s possible that stress does not aid in our professional achievement and skill development. This is largely accomplished by accepting something as it is and deciding how it will benefit us. In order to get the most out of challenging circumstances, it’s critical to approach things positively. Awareness, focus, and flexibility are necessary to use stress as a motivation.

“Unfortunately, anxiety, like stress, has gotten a bad rap. Somewhere along the line, we got the idea that emotional discomfort is always a bad thing.”

― Lisa Damour