Why competition can be good and bad for us

The two sides of competition

There are definitely two sides to competition: positive and negative. On the positive side of competition, having a competitive attitude can help you to feel energised, give you the drive to take on challenging tasks and allow you to move forward in many aspects of your life.

However, there are downsides when too much competition begins to take over your daily tasks and starts adding extra stress to your life. If competition begins to take on a negative feeling and starts to impact your health and wellbeing, then the balance needs to be adjusted. The extra stress that happens as a result of unhealthy competition can affect your heart rate, blood pressure, mental health, and relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

A few last things to be aware of when it comes to competition: ask yourself what are you feeling competitive about; what is your motivation?

Try to evaluate the reasons behind these feelings and what you want as a result. As you act on these feelings, especially as they relate to competition with others, be careful of other people's feelings. You can be an extremely competitive person and still be empathetic and understanding towards the people you are competing against.


Sara Lindburg has a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.Ed. in Counselling. A 41-year-old wife, mother, and full-time secondary school counsellor, she combines 20-plus years' experience in the fitness and counselling fields and she has found her passion in inspiring other women to be the best version of themselves on her Facebook page, FitMom. Her inspiration for writing comes from her 6-year-old son, Cooper, and 8-year-old daughter, Hanna. Follow Sara on twitter.


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