“"Athletes need to think of stress as helping them get ready to perform. Instead of trying to make the butterflies go away, athletes need to make those butterflies line up and fly in formation." —Jim Afremow, sports psychologist”

Discover how to harness stress and make it work for you instead of against you.

Bryan E. Robinson Ph.D.

Why ‘Fighting’ or ‘Combatting’ Stress Creates More Stress

You may or may not be an athlete. But many of the mental maneuvers they use to perform can help each of us in our daily struggles. How many times have you had that sinking feeling that your heart is about to jump out of your chest before a presentation to coworkers or facing someone over a relationship spat?

Sometimes stress feels like one of those cruel ghosts that haunt you day and night, stalking you on a pressure-cooker day, lurking over your shoulder while you’re pitching ideas to your team or stretching dollars to make ends meet. If you’re like most people, you might think of stress as an enemy infiltrator. You ignore it, battle it, or try to extinguish it. But it’s actually good medicine.

Read the full article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-right-mindset/202003/why-fighting-or-combatting-stress-creates-more-stress