by Amelia Haynes, originally published by Korn Ferry Insights
Small amounts of short-term stress can boost performance. But what’s the difference between tolerable stress and toxic stress?
There is a space between “too much” and “not enough” where stress can make us excellent.
Psychologists define stress as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. In pop culture, stress is almost exclusively considered a negative but unavoidable side effect. However, the effects of stress are not always detrimental to our minds and bodies. A small amount of short-term pressure is what we call “tolerable stress”.