The question isn’t if you’re stressed, but how stressed you are. It’s become an unwelcome piece of furniture in our everyday lives, but it doesn’t have to be – bad stress can be beaten! With these simple steps, we show you how to turn stress into success.
Bad stress has been linked to everything from recurring colds to heart disease. But with the right attitude and formula for success, you can use this energy to fuel a positive outcome.
You may have heard of ‘good stress’ and ‘bad stress’, but body-wise it’s all the same. However, in some instances your body will trigger a useful response. For example, if you’re sprinting to catch the bus, your stress levels will trigger a burst of adrenaline and cortisol to get you there before the doors shut. However, the same hormones wouldn’t do you any good if you were sitting in an office or classroom freaking out about a presentation. Cortisol and adrenaline can help you in the short run, but if stress becomes chronic, it can become harmful.
Eradicating stress entirely isn’t an option, it exists for a reason and without it you would never get anything done. The degree of stress is important, a little bit will sharpen your mind, while too much will prevent you from doing your best. However, too many of us get hooked on adrenaline and the rush it provides. People stay hyped up to keep going but eventually burn out which results in exhaustion. The solution? Learn to take action. Being aware of our stress levels and reactions enables us to manage better.
3 Tips to unwind
- Get touchy-feely: Physical contact can lower cortisol.
- Blast your favourite tunes: Music is a proven stress buster.
- Have a laugh: Laughing helps you relax.
Harness your stress
Make the most of your stress when time is tight so you can be in top form. If you have a looming deadline, allow your cortisol and adrenaline to power you – just make sure you allow for proper recovery. The greater the performance demand makes the greater the need for survival.
Stimulants like caffeine and refined sugar. When your body is stressed it’s in a depleted state, so these things will make it worse.
Our emotional stress has a tendency of building up but you can defuse the pressure when it hits. Taking deep breaths, holding, then releasing will maximise the oxygen getting to your brain and relax you.
When stress comes calling, it’s time to get burning. Exercise is a great remedy and regular workouts can channel the energy from your stress in a positive way.
Your happy place can be an instant fix when your stress levels get overwhelming. Instead of imagining horrible outcomes, try to think of a positive result or a relaxing scene. If you can visualise a clear image in your mind, your body will react as though it’s really experiencing it.
So what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to turn your stress into success?
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