By and large, stress is a net negative force in our lives. According to the aptly named American Institute of Stress, it can cause everything from depression and anxiety to heart attacks and strokes, with a range of grisly afflictions in between.
But that doesn't mean stress is always bad. Sometimes, it can actually help us out.
Moderate amounts of stress can cause our brains to release a chemical called "noradrenaline," which can strengthen the brain and lead to higher levels of mental performance. (Don't take my word for it; listen to the cognitive neuroscientist.)
In that vein of stress optimism comes a new infographic from personal loan providers NetCredit. The graphic contains advice on how to turn stressful situations like starting a new job and falling behind on your work into productivity-boosters. Check it out below: