'Stress actually makes us feel better and perform better', says psychologist Ian Robertson

'Stress actually makes us feel better and perform better', says psychologist Ian Robertson

Breathing techniques can help overcome stress - but tension can also be used positively

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Psychologist Ian Robertson explains it is possible to change stress into excitement. 

The author of The Stress Test, a professor at Trinity College, Dublin explains how we can all use tension in a positive way.

"Your mindset in response to stress is a huge determining fact in how it manifests itself in anxiety," he told The Two Mikes.

"You can do a little bit of mental ju-jitsu and change [stress] into [excitement] in how you describe [your feelings] to yourself.

"Some terrible things happen to people that they don't get over, but the fact is in many domains, a bit of stress actually makes us feel better and perform better. 

"One of the most powerful [techniques] is through breathing," he added. "That is like taking the most natural pharmaceutical agent in the most natural pill in the world."

Listen to the full audio to find out more.