When you think of stress, what do you think about? Too many deadlines? Sleepless nights? Stress and binge eating? Upset stomach or headache?
What if we flipped the script? What if we told you stress can be good for you?
Our tower garden with its new little lettuces. As the lettuce begins to grow, we must prune. The activity of pruning causes immediate, micro stress in the plant. Let’s look at that stress differently. The stress of pruning creates the harvest and, additionally, aids in the long-term health and productivity of the lettuce for future growth.
Now, imagine the growth that can happen if we apply micro stresses to ourselves. Growth is most experienced through stress and the introduction to new challenging things. Chess matches, Sudoku puzzles, new books give us mental challenge and stress that brings forth mental fortitude.
When was the last time you placed a little extra stress on yourself? Pick up that book. Try a new puzzle or game. Attempt a new hobby. Go bigger. Is there a goal or a project that creates a little fear when you think about it? We encourage you to tackle those scary projects, sometimes, that’s where the highest growth opportunities are.