Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick, Mary Liz Nolan, and Chris Michaels

Weekdays 5:30AM-8:45AM

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Harriet Dart of Great Britain shows her frustration during her third round women's singles match against Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine on day five of the Rothesay International Eastbourne at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2022 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

A little stress is good for us.

A associate professor at the University Of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences has conducted a study which has determined that low to moderate amounts of stress, each day, might actually be good for your mental health in the long run.

NBL Rd 10 - Illawarra v SEM

(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Here’s what Assaf Oshri says, “some low to moderate level of perceived stress is associated with increased cognitive functioning or better cognitive functioning, and this cognitive functioning was associated with significantly less emotional problems and antisocial behavior problems.”

She also says that daily stressors can help a person become more organized and efficient, and have a plan moving forward.

She also says, “stress motivates us to do things like study for an exam, or we may feel stressed about a pending event, like a vacation or a wedding, but an overwhelming amount of stress in of itself can become problematic.

We need to develop a strategy for dealing with stress, because we will NEVER avoid all stress, and having a way to cope and deal with it effectively is really important.

Sydney v Tasmania - NBL Grand Final: Game 1

 (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Next up, brain scans of participants, so scientists can tell what is going on in the brain that causes stress to be protective in some instances.

To find out more, the study in published in the August issue of Psychiatry Research.