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.
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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: