Stress is something we all deal with every single day, and learning how to manage it isn’t something that happens overnight. Many of us have fallen into the realm of juggling many hats that can change at a moment’s notice.
Because our daily lives are laden in opportunities for stress, the notion of “stress management” has grown increasingly popular.
The Mayo Clinic reports that, “Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life.” As for the cause of stress, they explain that the brain becomes hard-wired with an alarm system designed for protection. “When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This has been labeled the ‘fight-or-flight’ response.”
While stress may be a natural part of life, living with it long term can diminish both our health and our focus. Founders of Wisdom at Work, Dr. Joel and Michelle Levy, have come up with five strategies to help you on the path to stress resilience.
- Think before you speak.
“When speaking to others, it is easy to let your mind wander to your own thoughts. Mindful communication means developing the capacity to ’stay in the moment’ with whomever you are speaking. Focus and refocus your attention on the person talking and the experience of the moment.”