Stress comes on us hard. It effects our nervous system, our immune system and our longevity. Of course there’s healthy stress which is pressure to get more done in less time, and that is essential for health, but when the dial goes into the red it’s really solitary confinement. Not good at all.
So how do you know the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress? Each of us has to make up our own mind about that. I mean, flying internationally causes stress on your body, drinking alcohol burns your body, eating bread burns your body, staying up late, losing sleep and worry all burn your body. So, it would seem a little sheepish to complain about stress and still embrace all those self induced life sentences.
So, I understand as a mountaineer that stress is important for both strength development and acclimatisation. That’s how we improve at work too. A bit of pressure one day, we sleep, recover, adapt and can handle a bit more the next. But just as in mountaineering, if we don’t recover from the stress we put ourselves under one day by the next day, we know we’ve over heated and need to be careful.
What then does overheating in business and life look like? In other words what are the signs that you’re not growing stronger from stress you face?
- Can’t sleep
- Worry and anxiety on one subject for more than 12 hours
- Feeling physically drained even though it’s mental work
- Putting on weight
- Light headed
- Catching colds and feeling a bit off each day.
There’s more, but this is a good list to start with.
What can you do about stress that’s in excess?
- More exercise …
- Eat less
- Drink less
- Sleep more
- Go have a play with a ball at the beach
- Listen to music
- Do a detox cleanse
- Make love more
- Talk to someone (not everyone and not friends) about your worries (pay for the time)
- Get a massage
- Learn to turn up, mindfulness in real time (not escape meditation eg. eyes closed)
- Get some positive coaching about your vision.
Just a few ideas.
The first person to notice your stress will be your family doctor. They may recommend medication. Try to avoid staying on that stuff. RealSpirit uses organic nature based skills to adapt to stress.
The most important note is this: don’t run from the cause because that’s imprisonment.