Fast Company – How to Make Stress Work in Your Favor
CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT REACTION, AND MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU.
I was very pleased to help out on they great piece by Gwenn Moran on how to manage stress in your life and how to make stress work for you.
LOOK FOR THE MESSAGE
Stress is often a reaction that’s trying to tell you something, says Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C.: “Look for the part of the stress or anxiety response tricking you into thinking you can’t handle it. That part is the part that drives you to avoid doing what you need to do.”
While dealing with unrelenting negative stress can sap our energy and have a negative effect on performance, optimal performance is usually achieved with a moderate amount of stress, Clark says. Put your anxiety to work by listening to what’s causing it, paying particular attention to those factors, and using your heightened state of awareness to do a better job, she says.