I’ve been clearly stressed for the longest time now due to a lot of things but I don’t really mind. The stress keeps me going.
Harvard Business Review just sent their Management Tip of the Day and what better way for me to deal with stress is having read this. Maybe it’s really time to put some perspective on my stress and just deal with it.
Thank you, Harvard Business Review!
Get Some Perspective on Your Stress
Here’s some good news: You don’t need to get rid of stress to live a happy, fulfilling life. But you do need to separate yourself from your stress. This doesn’t mean you pretend is the stress isn’t there. It means you identify less strongly with the emotion, realizing it’s a bodily response to a feeling about your view of the world. Instead of thinking “I am stressed,” try “I feel stressed.” This subtle shift helps you step back, even just a bit, so you can gain the perspective needed to move forward. To do this effectively, you have to understand why you’re stressed. Where does the feeling come from? Curiously interrogate the feeling, considering the reasons behind your stress, the people who might be causing it, and the qualities of the stress experience. How do you behave when you’re stressed? What do you tell yourself when you’re feeling anxious? Recognize the patterns in your responses.