Do you know what stresses you out? Are you clear on the specific people, places and situations that cause your heart to race, your jaw to clench, your palms to sweat? Clarity is key to new awareness of what brings on stress and a first step in shifting its negative impact on our minds and bodies. We all experience stress; physiologically, we can all properly channel it. It’s when we ignore stress, intentionally or not, that its consequences compile.


Get clear on your stress triggers, and you can begin to shift its impact. Prepare for those people, places and situations you know stress you out. Choose to respond rather than react. If a person raises your temp, practice calm in their presence. If traffic drives you nuts, know it’s out of your control. If presenting to leadership makes you sweat, begin with compassion for yourself. And, critically, never discount the power of mindful breathing as a counter to stress.


Because why not approach stress with a healthy dose of humor. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert M. Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, combines leading-edge research with practical advice on channeling the stress response.


“How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress. When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.” – Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal, in a TED talk, How to Make Stress Your Friend.


Simple Intentions is previewing our newest workshop, Success with Stress, based on the book of the same title by SI Founder Jae Ellard. Join us Friday, February 26, for a candid conversation about stress. You’ll learn more about its impact plus five strategies to help you thrive when facing stress. Register here.
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