Health: Who needs stress? We all do. Here’s why – South Bend Tribune

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Stress has always been viewed in a bad light. However, researchers are beginning to understand that a little stress can be a good thing. A small amount of regular stress has actually been shown to improve memory, self-confidence, and brain function. Almost any performer out there will tell you that stress makes them better at their jobs. It makes them stand up to the challenge and do better. The key is learning how to deal with stress and work it to your advantage.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re in your 70s and living quite a sedentary way of life, things are predictable and routine; you’re not challenged.
  • But if your wife or husband has a stroke, as horrible as that is, you’re being challenged and called upon to solve all sorts of new problems.
  • And when that happens, your brain is called upon to generate more of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine.

“Plus, crazy as this may sound, how adults deal with back pain can be related to stress they did or didn’t experience during childhood.”