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Updated by Ankita Kumari on Jul 28, 2021
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6 Ways to Turn Stress into Positive Energy

The fact is that stress carries energy.
Energy cannot be destroyed, but its form can be changed. It can either feed into our anxious thoughts or be transformed into something more positive and healthier.
This article elucidates how to channel your stressful energy into something productive, relaxing or both, depending on the need of the moment.
Here are some ways in which you can make your stress work for you:


Spark your creativity

Have you ever noticed that some of the best ideas seem to strike when you’re in the midst of exams or knee-deep in work? Ideas tend to flow better when the mind is highly engaged as opposed to when it is idle. Keep an eye out for any good ideas or innovative solutions you might stumble upon that may help on a current or future project.


Renew your view

Research shows a large effect of stress depends on how you perceive stress. If you perceive stress as always harmful, it may act as a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s important to keep things in perspective: in the short term, stress can actually improve your performance, boost your immune system, make you more social and learn better. Chronic stress is dangerous, however.


It is good for change

When you get too comfortable, it can be hard to make much needed changes. If you’re looking to make changes in your lifestyle, break an old habit or make a new one, stress can help. By its very nature, it can energize you, challenge you and get you moving. The discomfort from stress may actually motivate you to expand your horizons.


Playground for self-awareness

Whenever you are feeling stressed, learn to pause every once in a while. Reflecting on your stress response can actually teach you a great deal about yourself. You can learn what your triggers are, assess whether you need to keep working or take a break, understand what is motivating you or holding you back.


Release the tension

An excellent outlet for your nervous energy is physical movement. Exercise in any form – dance, walking, sport or a gym workout – releases endorphins that leave you feeling good, energize you for the remainder of the day, as well as help you get better sleep at night thus countering one of the negative effects of stress: sleep disturbances.


Channel it into love

Social relations and personal interests tend to take a hit when you are feeling stressed out, but you can actually turn to emotional connections or a hobby to help you cope. When you are feeling under a lot of pressure, switch off from work – at least for a while – and prioritize the things that matter to you. Connect with a loved one or a pet, devote half an hour to a hobby, or even take a power nap.