Stress: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
The "S" Word...
Yes, I'm talking about stress. The same stress that we ALL experience on a day-to-day basis. The stress that makes us shut down and want to give up! There are many different types of stress such as distress (the bad kind of stress) and eustress (the good stuff). Eustress is seen as a motivating stress that allows us to grow and reach our highest potential! But, what if I told you that we can turn distress (the "bad stress") into something productive, worth it, and MOTIVATING.
Why We Need Stress
This may sound backwards but..we actually NEED stress in order to stay on top of things and often to motivate us into taking action! Stress is a call to action in most cases. When you are stressing out about a task, a project, a meeting, or simply stressing about what you're going to wear... these are all indicators that you need to take ACTION.
By taking action, you are able to minimize or maybe even get rid of the stress. Think of stress as your mind + soul's way of telling you to get up and DO what you know needs to be done. For example, if you're stressing out about a huge business meeting that you are having tomorrow, a way that you can relieve some of that stress is by working hard and preparing for the meeting to the best of your ability, and of course getting some rest!
Steps to Turn Your Stress Into ACTION
So now that you have a better understanding of why stress can often be a call to action...here are some steps that you can take to ensure that even your bad stress can be turned into action + productivity!
Step 1: Know when you are stressing out. The best way to begin turning your stress into actions is to know when you are in a state of stress. Be aware of when stress is arising!
Step 2: Identify what is causing the stress + what triggered it. Be mindful of what is triggering the stress and where it is coming from. Did you read a text message that reminded you of a meeting you have in 2 days that you haven't prepared for, and immediately began stressing out? Or did you wake up stressing about how much work you need to finish in such little time? Whatever it may be, identify what is causing the stress as well as what triggered it!
Step 3: Map out ACTIONS that you can take that will relieve your stress. Write out detailed steps that will help reduce your stress. For example, if you are stressed about not being prepared for a meeting, some steps that may help to relieve your stress could be: practicing what you will say, reviewing the meeting agenda, getting a sufficient amount of sleep before the meeting, and doing some positive affirmations! This is the step where you'll have to become more self-aware and understand what you like/need in order to relieve your stress and discomfort.
Step 4: Be consistent. Be consistent with these steps and try to follow them each time you begin to stress. By doing so, you will not only become more aware of your stress, but you will learn how to effectively cope with it and prevent your stress from getting out of hand!
As I mentioned before, stress is normal. We all experience stress whether we like it or not! However, how you decide to deal with your stress is very important. Hopefully you took something from this long overdue blog post all about stress!
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