Monday, January 12, 2015

Using stress to your advantage?

An interesting article at Forbes shares tips on how successful people stay calm. According to author Travis Bradberry, "The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance." But as Bradberry points out, stress is an important contributor to performance. New research from the University of California, Berkeley suggests "performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless."

Bradberry shares several tips that successful people employ to manage their stress:

  1. Appreciate what you have
  2. Avoid asking "what if?"
  3. Stay positive
  4. Disconnect
  5. Limit caffeine intake
  6. Sleep
  7. Squash negative self-talk
  8. Reframe your perspective
  9. Breathe
  10. Use a support system

How do you manage your stress?
image from the article

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