Stress is often blamed by many to be the robber of energy; however, stress can often be the perception we place on events. For many, stress occurs when we place a negative perception on a future event. When you are feeling stress, learn to use it as an indicator of how you are interpreting the events that are happening around you. Learn to make those reactions friends of yours rather than enemies. Begin to accept the conditions that you choose to not only react to but also sometimes choose to over-react to. Practice one of the following yourself when you feel engulfed by emotion:
- Is my response reasonable and appropriate?
- Do you want to invest my energy this way?
- Is someone from the past “telling” you to react this way?
- Practice shutting down your tapes from the past.
- Is anyone else encouraging you to react this way?
- Does the person who is encouraging have the courage to respond to the event honestly? Why are surrendering your power to someone else?
All stress isn’t negative. Positive stress helps to keep us focused and energized to act as a motivator for us. Negative stress drains our energy.
Make lists of things that give you energy and those things that sap your energies. On those things that sap your energy, ask yourself if anything is happening positively by your energy being drained.
Set daily habits to deal with stress:
- Play each and every day!
- Take short breaks in task that feel will never end.
- Set 2-3 priorities each day rather then 15-20. I once saw 3 filing trays that were labeled: today—tomorrow—and maybe never.
- Develop triggers to relax—maybe when you enter your car, get a drink of water, every time you look at your watch, or while waiting at a red light.
- Identify your stressors.
- Eliminate unnessary commitments.
- Disorganization. late.
- Eliminate energy drains.
- Avoid difficult people.
- Simplify life.
- Slow down.
- Help others.
- Relax throughout the day.
- Quit work.
- Simplify your to-do list.
- Eat healthy.
- Be grateful.
- Zen-like environment.