Podcast: Is voluntary “freak out stress” good for you?

Podcast: Is voluntary “freak out stress” good for you?

Most people agree that stress is bad for your physical and your mental health.

However, recent studies have also shown that “freak out stress” may actually be good for your health!

What is “freak out stress?”  Is it really good for you?

Freak out stress” is designated as “an extreme short term psychosocial stress associated with stimuli that  triggers a stress response in multiple systems in your body causing the release of  stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.”

Freak out stress includes responding to such events and situations as, trying to ride a 60 foot wave, being called upon to try to make the game winning during a time out, meeting your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s parents for the first time, being asked to give a keynote speech in front of a large audience on short notice, asking your boss for a raise, stepping into the cage with current world-champion MMA fighter in your weight class, etc.

In a recent article for Surfer magazine, Justin Housman suggests something he calls “big wave stress” and I call “freak out stress” that supercharges the immune system, improves memory functions in the brain and provides other effects beneficial to your health.

Housman cites a study by Firdhaus Dhabhar, a professor of Behavioral Science at Stanford University, that suggests that “freaking out in the face of danger supercharges the immune system, sending beneficial cells to places most likely to be injured, everything from the skin, the lungs, and the gut. Wound healing throughout the body is increased too and memory is improved.”

Are you willing to voluntarily engage in activities or put yourself in situations that cause “freak out stress?”  If so, consider these three things.

Are you voluntarily willing to a take a large short term risk to supercharge your body and your brain to help you heal?

Something that may make you feel alive again?

I am in. How about you?

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Stephen Lesavich, PhD

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Certified solution-focused life coach and experienced business coach.

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