This is our next post in “Stress”. If you haven’t read our foundation post on stress, I suggest you do so by reading our blog post about the meaning of stress and it's causes as well as symptoms.
If you have then you already know what stress is and also all the statistics around it.You are also aware of how stress presents in different people and that it’s a very very normal thing to be stressed.
When Stress starts interfering with your productivity or day to day life, that's when you've really got a problem. Some Amount of stress is in fact essential to survival and progress. When it gets out of hand, it needs to be managed.So in this post, we are going to cover all the different things that you can do to ensure better stress management
Theory is all good. But let's look at some practical examples shall we?
How does he deal with stress? He looks for "warning flags" i.e things which give him stress at any time. Then, instead of leaving it festering he DEALS with it as soon as possible. So it goes like this in his words
“I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first email message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address the situation -- even if it’s not solved -- the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.”
Sound familiar? He identified the situation, took pro active steps to deal with it. Even the fact that you are addressing it can reduce stress !
‘Starting a company is like eating glass and staring into the abyss. You have to do lots of things you don’t like. There’s no time to wallow and lick your wounds. Don’t let stress sideline you. Instead, use it as fuel to keep rocketing ahead, maybe even all the way to Mars.. "
So what is he doing? Is he letting stress bring him down? No, on the contrary he is using it to propel himself to mars. He uses stress as fuel. He is more of the Fight or Flight type of person. He doesn't let stress get in the way. He just goes ahead and does what's needed and uses stress as a catalyst.
"To work on things that really count, to think through the basics, THAT is pure genius" Basically, PRIORITISING is crucial. You can't do EVERYTHING WELL. But, you can do SOMETHINGS REALLY well
She says that she deals with stress by taking the required time off to switch off completely and disconnect. This allows your mind to focus and not wander about endlessly.
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