Today I’d like to welcome AmyK Hutchens as our guest blogger. I figured anyone who had tips on dealing with stress would be helpful to you folks in today’s business world. This post is a great complement to the Building Resilience post Belinda Gore wrote here previously. Everyone please welcome AmyK.
For every six minutes you experience a high state of negative stress it takes your immune system six hours to recover. That doesn’t stress you out, does it?
Experiencing a rotten, lousy, no good, stressful day creates a chronic cycle that wears your immune system down, leaving you exhausted, sick and feeling even more stressed. The goal, however, isn’t to get rid of stress… our brains are hard-wired for it, and we actually need some stress (called eustress) in order to function. The goal is to short-circuit the negative cycle.
Stress has been around since the first human tried to light a fire and failed, only to have his girlfriend show him how it’s done. Telling your brain that “not having enough time in the day” does not equate to “being eaten by a saber-tooth tiger” doesn’t work. Attempting to convince your brain that the wooly mammoth in front of you is really just your boss or your mother-in-law is next to impossible. Your brain doesn’t distinguish the difference between the two. You’ve got better odds teaching your brain that the saber-tooth tiger is actually a house cat and that your mother-in-law really doesn’t care that you can’t cook.
Seems simple. It is simple, it’s just not easy, especially when your mother-in-law sighs every time you look at your cookbook.