Psychologist Crum has an interesting take on Stress. It’s not simply our experience of stress but our perception of it too that has an impact.
In a nutshell here are two mindsets to consider (Crum).
Mindset 1 = ‘Stress is Harmful
Mindset 2 = ‘Stress is Enhancing’
Check this example out… “Can you imagine a climber scaling the wall of ice at Everest’s Lhotse Face and saying, ‘This is such a hassle”? Or spending the first night in the mountain’s ‘death zone’ and thinking, ‘I don’t need this stress”? The climber knows the context of their stress. It has personal meaning to them; they have chosen it. You are most liable to feel like a victim of the stress in your life when you forget the context the stress is unfolding in.”
And what to say during these times? What to perceive?
‘Just another cold, dark night on the side of Everest’ is a way to remember the paradox of stress. The most meaningful challenges in your life will come with a few dark nights’ (Crum).
‘The climber knows the context of their stress.
It has personal meaning to them; they have chosen it.’