Don't let stress motivate your decisions. When you're feeling the most stress, you'll also feel the biggest urge to make a poor choice.
If you do make a decision while you are under stress, ensure to re-evaluate it when you are calm.
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With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.
Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.
Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.
Exercise. Research suggests many of the benefits of exercise come in the first 20 minutes.
Reach out. In-person interactions cause your body to produce a bunch of hormones that counteract the “flight or flight” response.
Maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Take notes of what tends to stress you outso you can better control your reaction.
Set the right expectations. Treat stress like an inevitable part of your life. You’re not trying to erase stress, you’re simply trying to cope with it.
Research has shown that the typical person makes about 2,000 decisions every waking hour. Most are minor ones and we make them automatically. But many have serious consequences.
Our ability to perform mental tasks and make decisions wears thin when it’s repeatedly used.
Identify the most important decisions you need to make, and, as often as possible, prioritize your time so that you make them when your energy levels are highest.
Our brains process five times as much information today as in 1986. Thus, many of us live in a continuous state of distraction and struggle to focus.
To counter this, find time each day to unplug and step back from email, social media and news.
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