Stress is a natural part of life. Thanks to our survival response, we’re literally wired for it. But that doesn’t mean it should hold us back. In fact, stress can actually be a good thing.
In the face of stress, our adrenal glands release the steroid hormone, cortisol, which activates the fight-or-flight response and increases concentration, energy, and focus. Think about all those college essays you left until the last minute––thanks to your stress response, procrastination paid off.