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Leverage Stress — Build Resilience!

When it comes to stress, whether you think it is harmful or helpful, you are right. Current research shows: if you think stress will kill you, there is a likelihood it will. If you view stress as helpful, you can become more resilient.


Change what you believe to be true about stress
Notice how you think and talk about stress. How do you react to other people’s stress? What are daily messages you get about stress? These reflect your mind-set, or your underlying beliefs about stress.

 

Choose your response to stress
There are different types of stress, requiring different types of responses. Your genes and life experiences can shape how you respond. However, genes and history are not destiny. Your brain and body are adaptive. They are willing and able to learn new responses. It just takes intentional practice.

 

Challenge your thinking

  1. Where you now see obstacles, transform them into opportunities.
  2. Find meaning in what is stressful.
  3. View anxiety as “excitement,” and use that energy to engage.
  4. See a stressful situation as a challenge.
  5. Find the benefit in a stressful situation.
  6. Choose to find advantage in adversity.
  7. Connect with others by getting and giving help.
Articles, Links & Downloads

For years we have been told how bad stress is for us. Studies show the ill effects, and warn us that stress is on the increase. However, could there be a benefit to stress — or at least a benefit to what you BELIEVE about stress? Kelly McGonigal says "yes." This is the video we showed at our recent CLE presentations.

 

 

How To Make Stress Your Friend - a TED talk

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