Alex Strike is a freelance writer and a passionate reader. We often hear how stress can wreak havoc on the body. Alex Strike. But stress also can grow slowly and go unnoticed, or ignored, for years. Lack of time, information and motivation can cause it to build up until something breaks under the pressure. It can cause insomnia and weight gain and increase your blood pressure. The Benefits of Stress.

It helps boost brainpower

Here, then, are five reasons you should rest easier when it comes to everyday stress—and how a little short-term anxiety can actually benefit your brain and body. Related Articles.