I was recently quite stressed about my next career move and ended up reaching out to family, colleagues and strangers on Twitter! Consequently I had some of the most connected and facilitative conversations I’ve had for a long time, was revitalised and am now resiliently forging forwards.
Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, presents evidence from research about how the negative health effects of stress can be neutralised if we understand that it is a helpful biological response gearing us up to deal with adversity. Furthermore stress releases Oxytocin, the ‘cuddly’ neurohormone, which actually makes us more sociable – when stressed we are primed to connect with or care for others and when we do this we actually encourage a ‘biology of resilience’. “Go for meaning over minimising discomfort”, McGonigal says – huge implications for all of us, try it and see!