From my experience as an executive coach, I have found there are those individuals whose temperament naturally allows them to manage their stress better than others. But for the majority of us, managing stress is a learned process that needs focused attention, coaching guidance, and practice. The first step involves recognizing that you are stressed. This often helps you better confront the situation and begin to make the changes needed to interject interval renewal processes.
Below is the first of 5 basic strategies which can help you unpack and dispel excess stress and self-doubt, while building the disciplined attention to confine excessive stress and achieve maximum performance.
Strategy #1: Identify excessive stress factors that are causing negative experiences:
Unless you are able to unpack the loudest negatives of stress, you won’t be able to step away and isolate them. This is the first step in dismantling excessive stress and self-doubt. By identifying those aspects that are most worrisome, you can start to tackle the most bothersome issues and begin the process of dismantling them.
Geri Brehm, Senior Associate Director of Career Advising and Mentoring, reveals her strategies for managing stress in a 5 part blog series.