Workweek Feel Like a Mad Dash? 10 Stress-busting Ways to Find Calm in the Midst of Chaos by Kelli Porcaro

6 years ago

Workweek Feel Like a Mad Dash? 10 Stress-busting Ways to Find Calm in the Midst of Chaos

I'm sitting at my desk with a looming deadline, overflowing inbox, phone calls to return, two dogs at my feet and a chirping Fitbit. I am feeling stress, overwhelm and out of control. I am laser focused on what is happening around me, instead of what’s happening in me. Josh Freedman describes stress as shorthand for a sense of imbalance and impending chaos. Breaking the stress spiral requires a focus inward to gain: 

  • Self-awareness 
  • Recognition that there are options 
  • Intentionality

Turn inward and challenge yourself to: 

  • Recognize triggers and patterns of behavior that lead to stress.
  • Identify self-limiting thoughts and false beliefs.
  • Identify options to create better balance and promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Break the stress cycle with a different response.
  • Establish supportive communities (like the 30Seconds tribe!) to increase dialogue about causes of stress.
  • Be intentional with decisions weighing the consequences.
  • Change your perspective, and perhaps, break things up into bite-sized chunks.
  • Find the silver lining.
  • Respond versus react to pressures, limited time constraints and resources.
  • Align choices and decisions with what matters most.

Learn more about the stress spiral.

Elisa Schmitz
Boy, did I need this today. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips, Kelli Schulte ! xoxo

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