An Advanced Technique To Kill Stress Before It Kills You
Written by: Fabrice Joseph
Apart from the fact that stress can be an ‘unresourceful’ state to be in, there are negative repercussions it can also have on your health.
Stress is a fight or flight response meant to urge your body to respond to a threat. As such, it elevates cortisol levels to keep you alert and shuts down your immune system in order to divert resources elsewhere to get your body in position to properly react.
When stress is experienced frequently or for a prolonged period of time though, that’s when the negative effects can start to take hold (read more about the nasty effects of stress here).
Being an entrepreneur myself, I am certainly visited by stress every now and then. Rather than viewing stress as a detriment, however, I look at it as a motivator, a teacher and a symbol for change.
For instance, when I feel stressed, instead of asking, “Why is this happening to me?” “What is wrong with me?” “Why is this so difficult?” – which only elevates stress even more, I ask, “What is this teaching me?” “What is there to learn from this?” These questions automatically put me in a more constructive mindset.
As I mentioned earlier, stress is basically a response to a perceived threat. Instead of eliminating the so-called threat, it is often wise to change your perception of it. You can do that by asking quality questions.
Below is a 2 step process that can help you transform stress into inspiration for change:
Step 1: Discover The Cause
Get clear on what exactly is stressing you out. If it is more than one thing, that’s okay, just start listing them. Is it the mass redundancies that are happening in your industry? Is it the bills that you don’t know how to pay? Is it the amount of things you need to get done before the day is out?
Step 2: Power Questions
Picking one challenge at a time, for each thing you listed, ask yourself:
- “What is this experience teaching me?”
- “How is this experience helping me to grow?”
- “How can I benefit from this experience?”
For instance, stressing out about money may lead you to being more creative, or motivate you to save or study wealth-building. Being stressed about losing your job may motivate you to up your game and become indispensable.
Stress is not your enemy; welcome it as friend. If you see it as a foe, it will turn into an enemy that could eventually kill you.
Seeing stress as an ally may not be an easy thing, but it is well worth the effort, especially if you learn to get ahold of the reigns.
When you realize that stress is trying to tell you to change your habits or to step up your game, you need to actually take action – that is the part that most people resist. You need challenges to grow, otherwise you stay juvenile and immature. In some cases, growing is really just about accepting reality and letting go of “control.”
Now it’s your turn to take action. Identify all the sources of stress that are currently plaguing your life, apply the method as described above and notice the shift in your mindset as you begin to ask quality questions.
Remember – do the work, otherwise the stress will intensify until you back down or pay attention to what it has to say!
I would love to hear from you! Share your results by commenting below. If you have any private questions, leave me a note as well and we’ll get in touch.
Fabrice Joseph is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. He has been the student of world-renowned experts in the field of Behavioural Change and Human Potential, thereby integrating multiple powerful methodologies in his coaching practice.
Fabrice’s mission is simple – to help people overcome their limiting thought patterns so that they can live their life to its fullest.
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