There is good stress and bad stress, which affect us personally and professionally, but do we know how to manage stress?
Stress is an inevitable part of life, and it can be both good and bad. Good stress, also known as eustress, is the type of stress that motivates us and helps us perform better.
Bad stress, on the other hand, also known as distress, can have negative effects on our physical and mental health, as well as our personal and professional lives.
Good stress can help us achieve our goals, motivate us to work harder, and give us a sense of accomplishment. For example, the stress of preparing for a presentation can motivate us to put in extra effort and practice to ensure we do our best. Good stress can also help us to learn new skills and overcome challenges, which can boost our confidence and self-esteem.
However, too much stress, even if it’s good stress, can lead to burnout and fatigue. It’s important to recognise when we’re experiencing too much stress and take steps to manage it.
Bad stress, on the other hand, can have significant negative effects on our physical and mental health. Chronic stress has been linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and depression. In our personal lives, stress can affect our relationships, cause sleep disturbances, and lead to poor decision-making. In our professional lives, stress can reduce productivity, increase absenteeism, and lower job satisfaction.
Here are six tips to help manage stress:
Exercise regularly – Exercise releases endorphins that can help improve mood and reduce stress
Practice relaxation techniques – Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation
Prioritise self-care – It’s important to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. Make time for hobbies and activities you enjoy and prioritise getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet
Set boundaries – Learn to say no and set boundaries in your personal and professional life to avoid taking on too much and becoming overwhelmed
Stay organised – Keeping a schedule and staying organized can help to reduce stress and promote productivity
Seek support – Talk to friends, family, or a mental health professional if you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to manage stress on your own
And do remember, if you feel you would like support in the form of personal life coaching or business life coaching, then consider reaching out to a coach for this.
To summarise, stress is a natural part of life, and it can have both positive and negative effects. It’s important to recognise when we’re experiencing too much stress and take steps to manage it effectively, both personally and professionally. By following these tips, we can reduce stress, improve our overall health and well-being, and achieve our goals with greater ease.
If you are feeling stressed with good or bad stress and are considering asking for help, why not contact Debs today and ask about how we can help with our personal and professional coaching and development sessions.
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