“I think intermittent stressful events are probably what keeps the brain more alert, and you perform better when you are alert,” Kirby says.
I can relate to this statement. My team comes up with the best ideas when we have a huge pitch and very limited time to think.
The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless.
Travis Bradberry has come up with a few steps to manage stress and control your performance and have a balanced life.
1. Appreciate what you have
2. Avoid asking “What if?”
3. Stay Positive
4. Disconnect to connect with your self
5. Limit your caffeine intake
7. Squash Negative Talk
8. Reframe your perspective
10. Use your support system