But what if I told you that stress didn’t have to bring you down and halt your progress?
What if there was a way to make stress work for you in high pressure times? Well, there are in fact 3 ways that you can make stress work for you. They are…
When you are particularly stressed, you can feel the nerves building up inside you. It bubbles up to the surface, threatening to take over and makes you feel the fear.
What if you turned those nerves into excitement instead?
If you think of stress negatively then of course your nerves will get the better of you. They halt your progress and leave you paralyzed - unable to finish the task. But, if you take those feelings and translate them to excitement, suddenly you have a positive outlook on the situation.
Positivity breeds productivity, and there is nothing like a bit of pressure to get things achieved. Next time you feel your palms sweat about a deadline, think of it as your body ramping up to tackle the short turnaround.
Stress Makes You Take Action
Instead of being your hindrance, use stress as your kick start.
Generally, you start to feel stressed if there is a chance of something going wrong - you won’t meet your deadline on time, you don’t know how to do what your boss is asking, your client has high expectations, or you might forget all the words to your presentation.
Use those heightened feelings to draft a plan and ensure nothing will go wrong. Take steps to manage the components that you can, some things will always be out of your control. Stress can give you a leg up as it is the kick start you need to make a plan. Then you aren’t just sitting around waiting for things to go wrong, you are actively preventing that from happening.
Stress Helps You Prioritize
If you are spending all of your time worrying about something, then it means it is important to you.
These important things don’t even have to be task related. Often the small things you stress about actually represent a wider concern. That project you are worrying about completing could be the first step towards the career progression you desire.
So, instead of letting stress create pressure and worry, turn it around and be thankful for all the meaningful things you have in your life. The hours and days will seem long when you are under pressure but look back on everything you have achieved this year already and you will see how quickly those stressful times fly by in the greater scheme!
While you can use minor stress to motivate and drive you forward, be wary if you feel stressed all the time. Constant stress is not good for your health. If you spend your days, weeks and months stressing your way through life, then it is important to take steps to reduce your stress levels.
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