Whats your stress level? how too little or too much stress affects performance

What‘s your stress level?

The stress-performance curve shows how too little or too much stress affects performance.

Low stress: Performance is subpar due to lack of motivation or being too relaxed.

Optimal stress: Best performance due to alertness, motivation, and focus.



Peak performance: Ideal balance between motivation and anxiety.

Decreasing performance: High stress leads to anxiety, reduced concentration, and skill decline.

Very high stress: Performance drastically plummets; individuals become overwhelmed.

Optimal stress levels vary per person and task. Some tasks benefit from low stress (like surgery), while others thrive with higher stress (like public speaking or sports). Techniques like relaxation and mindfulness help manage stress for better performance.