CHANGING YOUR PERCEPTION OF STRESS - KELLY MCGONIGAL

Kelly McGonigal shared a TED TALK some years ago now about stress perception that has been life changing for me!

She frames stress in a way that makes you consider that it's not about stopping getting stressed but thinking about it differently. Realising that a stress response in the body is your body getting you ready for action, gearing you up to achieve something. 

Take a look at the full TED TALK here:

"Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others."
Some other stress perception tips: 
  • When you do feel stressed, become aware that that's what you're feeling. Be mindful and think about where in your body you are feeling the stress. 
  • When being mindful of where the stress is in your body, consider how this could positively impact your performance to do well. 
  • Consider not doing things that might enhance the stress response, maybe avoid coffee or high sugar foods for a short time. 
  • You could also go for a walk and allow yourself sometime to gather your thoughts, gain a bit of perspective and come back to your work in a bit. 
  • Chat to a colleague! 
  • Ask for help... there's plenty of people around that can support. Maybe if it's not someone at work, a friend could offer some words of wisdom, perspective or positivity. 

Read more about Kelly McGonigal here. 

Here's a list of other great TED TALKS about managing stress. 

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