The advantages of pressure

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2008, 12:00am

Pressure comes in many forms, but can it actually be good for us?

As students, we have the pressure of exams and homework, of socialising and from our parents. It can be both positive and negative.

Take a look at peer pressure, for example. If our classmates are all studying hard, the pressure of keeping up with them is good for our academic performance. In other words, good friends have a positive influence, while bad ones influence us in negative ways.

We might complain our parents and teachers give us pressure, but this is only because they care about our future and don't want us to be lazy.

Lastly, there is the pressure of self-expectation. This is probably the most important factor when it comes to aiming high - and aiming high is the only way we reach high places.

On the whole, I say pressure is good, if looked at in the right light and handled properly.

Carman Chan Ka-Man, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Carman. You are quite right when you say pressure can drive us to excel. We can learn to use it as a tool to motivate us in our endeavours.

However, we do know that sustained stress can take a terrible toll on our bodies, minds and spirits. It can kill us.

We need to learn how to deal with stress to gain the most from it and not let it affect us in a negative way.

Susan, Editor