Once upon a time, it was a commonly held misconception that successful people had to be stressed. To be successful was to be overwhelmed and stressed such that your blood pressure ran high and you needed pills to sleep.
Thankfully, those days are gone. Being stressed is no longer a sign that you’re “making it”. Here are 10 things you should know about stress:
1. Eustress, a form of short-term stress, can actually motivate you and build your resilience, but long-term stress – chronic stress – is harmful to your health, especially when it’s work-related.
2. Stress has its symptoms and they vary from person to person, so know yours.
3. Stress can be managed. When you know your stress triggers, you can control your reactions and manage stress in your life.
4. Attempts to cope with stress by drinking, smoking, philandering or overeating can actually do more harm than good.
5. When you slip over from being excited about your job and loving it, to being worried about it and fearing it, stress enters your life.
6. No job is worth sacrificing your health for. If your job exposes you to chronic stress, you’re better off looking for another.
7. Chronic stress encourages your body to store fat, leading to weight gain.
8. Taking on too many responsibilities leads to stress, so be practical and honest about what you can handle, and know that there is no shame in asking for help.
9. Exercise can help keep stress at bay.
10. Taking time to rest and pamper yourself is vital to stress management.
You can be on top of your game and NOT be stressed. Making a to-do list, being clear about your core assignments and deliverables, understanding time management, delegating, and being organized, are just a few tools to help you achieve success in life and business without damaging your health.
“Success that allows you to be cheerful and healthy, sleep well, and even have time to play, is that one success?” The answer is yes.