How to maintain grace under pressure

It is pretty obvious these days that stress, especially constant stress, can put your health at significant risk.  According to the Mayo Clinic, stress works on the same circuit as most perceived threats, increasing adrenaline to increase your heart rate, and blood pressure, and cortisol floods your body to increase the glucose in your body and curb functions that would be unnecessary in a fight or flight situation, such as immune system, digestive system, reproductive system, and growth processes. 

 

But when you are stressed almost constantly, these natural reactions to stress can be incredibly hurtful.  The list of health problems starts at difficulty sleeping and works it way up to obesity then up to memory impairment and heart disease.  

 

So as we head back to work, and back to stress, what can we do to maintain a sense of grace under pressure? 

 

First of all, know your limits.  Don’t take on more at work than you can reasonably handle, as in the long run taking on more than you can do can be dangerous to your health.  And, when you can, work to manage your time more effectively.  If you don’t manage your time then someone else will do it for you, and that leads to stress.

 

And when you do get angry, work to channel that anger in an effective way.  Figure out exactly who you are upset with, and why, and then figure out what you can do to fix the situation.  Don’t just sit back and simmer, work to make your situation better.  Not only will this help improve your life, but it will also give you the sense that you are in charge of your own destiny. 

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