How would you rate your ability to deal with stress?
That’s a bit of a generalized question ain’t it and perhaps that’s part of the drawback.
It may be that our capacity to deal with stress is limited cos we use vague or generalized strategies on an ad hoc, unplanned or even reactive basis.
Silva and Goldman offer a great perspective on stress and how to approach it…
“Stress is not caused by problems. It is your attitude toward the problem that causes stress. Knowing the cause of stress makes it easier to deal with, for now the appropriate question can be asked. The question is not how can I rid myself of stress, but how can I change my attitude toward work, events, disappointments, fears, and people?”
Silva and Goldman pitch five rules to help you out.
1. If you like something, enjoy it.
2. If you don’t like something, avoid it.
3. If you don’t like something and can’t avoid it, change it.
4. If you can’t or choose not to avoid or change something you don’t like, then accept it.
5. You accept something by changing your perception of it.”
Think of something that may be giving ya some stress right now…
Have a look at the ‘five rules’ from Silva and Goldman above.
Which ‘rule’ could help you most right now + how?
If you like, write a little script about a future you applying that ‘rule’ with the stress at hand and dealing with it effectively.