We’ve been talking about stress levels in the studio this past week and how to manage your stress so you can be at your best. Stress is a funny thing. It is hard to live with it but just as hard to live without it. I have tried both ways. Neither worked so well.
I think I like the middle ground, finding your “sweet spot,” where you are proactively managing the amount and kind of stress in your life so you can accomplish what you want to accomplish and experience life the way that you would like. Here are the three most important lessons I have learned about stress.
1. Reduce your tolerance to stress so you know as soon as possible when you have some stress going on (or not).
This may be counterintuitive to all that you know about stress. After all – isn’t it better to “buck up” and deal with stress. No, it is not. Ideally you want a very sensitive stress radar that has a very accurate read to your stress levels. The sooner you know where you are in the stress curve, the better you can act.
The fix? Dial it back
If the stress is too high, you can dial back before you are a burnt out, crabby son-of-a-gun. If you aren’t getting things done, maybe there isn’t enough stress to cause you to take action. If you know that, you can create creative tension in your life to push yourself forward.
2. It is no good to be a stress junkie!
Really, there is no good that will come to your body, your mind, or your psyche by staying under a great amount of stress. The “freakin’ out and crashing” type of stress takes a toll on your emotions, relationships, and health. When your performance at work or at life begins to fade, you are under too much stress.
The fix? Keep your health a priority
Don’t be a martyr and don’t try to rationalize that being able to “cope” with high amounts of stress is a statement of how great you are. The fact remains, tremendous amounts of stress over a long course of time will get ya’ – you will crash and burn, you will lose motivation, or you will find yourself getting sick because your immune system can’t keep up with things.
And even though there is a “high” from the adrenaline rush, your performance, health, and outlook on life will crash!
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3. Too little stress, while it feels great, is too little stress.
I tried this one for several years. I had a blast, but I did not accomplish my goals. And in the end, I felt very unproductive and had a hard time getting back into the game. I had put myself out there in two very stressful careers. I loved the rush, until I no longer loved the rush.
After my epiphany, I changed the course of my professional life and found a path doing something I really loved – being a personal trainer. Granted, I needed a rest. So taking it easy on myself for awhile was a very healthy thing to do. And I did check many things off of my bucket list. And I am proud of what I accomplished in my early years as a personal training. That wasn’t the issue.
The fix? Positive stress helps you grow
The issue for me was that I did not realize that I had designed almost all stress out of my life. And when I began to focus on my next goal of opening my own fitness studio, I had no “tension” in my life to move me forward. It wasn’t that I was bored or that I had dropped out, I just was not attentive to what needed to be done. I was out of practice of being in a world of setting big goals, establishing deadlines, and creating action plans. All great tools for creating positive stress in your life to motivate you to move forward.
I am still a novice at finding my “sweet spot” on the stress curve – that point where I feel I am really rockin’ and going at full throttle with enough fuel in my tank to bring me in for a soft landing. But finally understanding that stress is a tool that I can manage proactively is giving me hope that I can retire my “stress junkie” status and move to the more sane and sustainable world of creating just the right amount of stress to be at my best!
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