In your initial post describe the video (see link above) and your major take-ways. Are there points that you can incorporate into your daily practice? What three (3) key points could you share with others?
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I watched the TedTalk video, “How to make stress your friend”. The speaker, Kelly McGonigal, talks about how the perception of stress and your stress level directly correlate to your probability of death. If you are exposed to maximum stress with the perception that stress is bad for your health, you are 43% more likely to die over the next 8 years versus someone exposed to maximum stress levels with belief that stress does not affect your health (McGonigal, 2013). If we can view our stress levels as a beneficial response to “rise to a challenge” instead of being in a constant state of stress, we are able to view and process stress as a positive factor. In a study explained in the TedTalk, 1000 people were followed from ages 35-93 years old. For every stressful life event, that increased the chance of dying by 30%. Of those people that helped and cared for others, their risk increased by zero percent for stress related death. Amazingly, caring created resilience.
My biggest takeaways to work into daily life are to 1) work with stress to benefit me in my daily life and workplace, and 2) decrease my belief that stress is harmful to health for long term benefits. Three things I could share with others about this video are to 1) reduce the belief that stress is harmful to your health, 2) try to decrease the amount of stress you are exposed to (if applicable), and 3) and try to work the stress to benefit you when in a stressful situation. If we can work to use stress to benefit ourselves rather than just living in a constant state of stress, the chance of stress-related deaths will ultimately decrease over years time.