The common perception of stress is negative, both in immediate impact and long term health risks. However, we need to remember the technical definition of stress: the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. Contrary to popular belief you may be able to control of what stress means to your body. If you train yourself to react positively, stress can become a driving force that pushes you to perform at higher levels.
So the next time you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, take the time to re-prioritize your tasks and refresh your To Do list. The next time your colleague is being particularly bothersome, try to use the opportunity to further your working relationship with them. And the next time everything seems to be going wrong with your high priority project, sit back and look at the big picture to find a new way to approach things.
Try it…your body will appreciate a positive take on stressful situations, and your efficiency and happiness at work will improve too.