What!?! I want NO stress!
And there are a lot of good reasons that you don’t want stress. Too much stress has been shown to cause a myriad of health problems including hypertension,
The trick is to get yourself into a situation where you have just the right amount of stress – which is called “eustress.”But you also don’t want NO stress. That is, you don’t want “no stress” as long as you’re working. More than one hundred years ago, Yerkes & Dodson identified the relationship between stress and performance. With too little stress, we are not challenged to do our best. With too much stress, the quality of our performance suffers.
If you are feeling too much stress then address it as best you can – you are not being as productive as you think you are, even if you are very busy (BUSY does not equal HIGH PERFORMANCE).
Say no to additional assignments as best you can and/or negotiate different deadlines. Manage expectations of yourself and others. Don’t fall victim to the tyranny of everything being urgent. Dial back the stress until you get to that sweet spot.
Too much stress leads to distress. The right amount leads to high performance and enhanced Mission Impact.
*Also check out "The Mayo Clinic Guide for Stress-Free Living" by Dr. Amit Sood here.