Updated: Jan 3, 2020
Your attitude towards stress will.
It’s quite astonishing how attitude in this case makes all the difference.
Stress is actually a useful tool; nature has built it into you as a survival mechanism.
In nature however, stress is associated with the fight or flight response – it’s extreme bursts of stress for a short period of time, followed by a prolonged period of relative calm.
Think of a Zebra on the Savannah escaping the terror of being pursued by a Lion.
Stress has a very real and useful purpose in that case.
Humans too benefit from stress, however our relationship to time is very different.
Rather than short bursts of high stress (during imminent danger), we project into the future or spend time reliving the past.
This leads to prolonged states of anxiety that simulates the stress response.