You know what I’m going to say here—we need to find ways to cut stress from our careers. We also need to cultivate ways to manage it when it does come our way.
I’m the queen of stress. When I don’t have it, I find a way to get it. (Thanks Mom and Dad—just kidding. Or am I?)
We can blame genes or experiences all we want, but it doesn’t do us any good unless we do something about it. Here are three rules for stress reduction that I have learned and am working on developing as habits.
Just breathe. Intentional and counted breaths turn focus inward and off your stressor. I know this seems easy (and maybe pointless) but trust me. It also helps to count your breaths if you can’t fall asleep.
Get away. I don’t mean jump on a plane to the Bahamas (although if you can, do). Rather, step away from whatever or whoever is stressing you out. You can’t think or react in a mindful manner when you’re fogged with stress. Stepping away for a quiet moment or two, or a relaxing walk around the building WILL help.
Stop it. Stop doing whatever it is that brings you stress. Ha, so easy, huh? Well, think of it this way. If you’re stressing about the gossip at the water cooler, then why are you listening to it? If you think it’s about you, think again. If this is still getting under your skin, give me a call. I can’t tell you how many times my clients (and I) battle this kind of stressor. But there are more ways than one to take down stress and I’ve got a bucket full.
Personal Challenge: What one practice are you going to experiment with to help you develop stress resilience?
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