Go to the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and download the Five Lives app.
Register in the app with your preferred name, email address and password.
Find a quiet and comfortable place to start your first assessment.
The assessment consists of 3 parts: About you, Your health and Your Lifestyle.
You have two weeks to complete the assessment. After submitting it, access your results directly in the app.
Stress & Mood
Stress isn’t always the enemy, in fact, it can sometimes be an ally. In certain circumstances, stress can actually help you navigate challenging situations and can have positive effects on health and wellbeing¹, and it’s a side of stress we don’t often talk about. We usually look towards the negative when it comes to stress² but we’re here to shine a spotlight on the bigger picture so you know why it’s important to address chronic stressors, but also have a deeper understanding of some of the benefits that stress can bring.
There’s no denying that stress can affect us in negative ways. Chronic stress, those frequent sources of stress we come into contact with on a day-to-day basis can have damaging effects on health and cognition when hormones associated with stress are secreted over prolonged periods of time³. This has the potential to dysregulate biological pathways in the brain⁴. Also, midlife psychological stress is associated with an increased risk of dementia - as much as 2.5 times more likely to develop dementia⁵.
We’re familiar with the bad, but did you know there are positives to stress which if we learn to harness, can actually serve us in the short-term? By becoming familiar with the other side of stress, we’re also better equipped to prevent stress from having a long-term impact on our health. So, here are some of the upsides of stress you may not have known…
While stress does have its negative effects, particularly in the long term, it can be helpful to view stress in a different light. While we shouldn’t seek to bring more stress into our lives, it’s important to remember that stress is also there to protect us. If we learn to harness it, it can actually power us through challenging situations. It’s about achieving balance in situations in which we don’t tend to get a choice over stress and to highlight that the effects of stress are not predetermined and are influenced by a vast array of factors¹.
Think of a situation in which stress has actually served you well or something you may have gained through experiencing stress.