We are half way through the 2017 year. Your mental focus, emotional agility and energy have been relentlessly put to the test for days, weeks and months on end … and you may be holding your breath for or clenching your jaw needing another weekend away.
Why? Because stress is a given. Increasing demands on our ability to stay resilient, agile, creative, and energised are a given too.
There is an upside to stress, however. Stress releases hormones such as adrenalin and dopamine that can give us seriously cool mojo and drive to get things done. Embrace stress and the chemical reactions it causes but don’t abuse it because long-term stress, without the right resilience techniques, can, and certainly will have a really negative impact.
If stress is here to stay … make sure you embrace it and stay the ‘windscreen and not the bug’?
Two top tips to keep stress the good, not the bad, guy:
- Create your own reality
Stress can have an up or a down side. It all depends from what angle you look at it. Joni’s short video shares the outcome of a research project which looked at two different attitudes to stress with two very divergent outcomes! Click here to watch it.
- Change your words to change your world
The FAB Quotient looks at three dimensions that can help you to manage stress. A quick immediate win. And everyone loves to WIN right? Change your words to change your world.
Over the next week, be aware of what words you choose to describe your perception of stress … especially with your loved ones at the end of long stressful days.
- Are you completely exhausted? Or just more tired than usual? Or needing to recharge?
- Are you terribly infuriated? Or annoyed but not angry? Or just a little uptight?
- Are things so hectic you could die? Or are things really fast paced at the moment?
Words carry energy and can change not only your own physiology and brain chemistry, but also those around you.
We’re not suggesting that you deny negative emotions or use affirmations that you don’t believe in. What we are suggesting is to use more accurate, circumstance specific words that focus on the upside, rather than the downside of inevitable stress.
Why not try this: the next time you are greeted with, “How are you?” before responding, think about the words you choose, and perhaps frame your response to highlight the upside of stress. Not easy, but not impossible!
And if words don’t work then drop out of cerebral headspace and move into your body … no, not by eating another chocolate or drinking more wine … but by tapping into creativity and physical stress release … put on your favourite tune as loudly as possible and dance around like crazy; go for a run with your fur children in a park; do a spinning or yoga class; or simply lie outside under the clouds and listen to music that makes you happy.
What else can you do?
The FAB Quotient team regularly hosts workshops addressing common issues such as: cognitive fatigue; lack of initiative; anxiety; fatigue and lack of engagement or resilience. Visit their website to find out more: www.resilientenergycenter.com