How to Avoid Being Caught In a ‘Tsunami’ of Stress
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the serious stress managingI had to do when I lost my USB drive.
Sometimes, when dealing with a stressful event, we can mange the immediate impact pretty well. However, that doesn’t mean our stress management work is done!
A good example is my lost USB drive…..
Over the past couple weeks I have noticed myself struggling at times with my focus, energy, & motivation. For me, these happen to be a couple of my stress responses. I found myself needing to “manage” my way though them.
So, I wanted to call attention this week to what I discovered over 20 years ago. I call it “Stress Tsunami“.
Think of stress as being like an earthquake that happens in our lives & can ‘shake things up’.
Sometimes when an earthquake hits near a body of water, it can cause a tidal wave, or a tsunami. This does’t happen right away, it is actually a delayed response.
The same thing can happen to us when we are dealing with stress. Stress hits us & then, sometimes, we can still be hit several days (or weeks) later with a tidal wave or “tsunami” of more stress responses. Just as we’re limited in preventing an earthquake tsunami from happening, we can be limited in preventing a “Stress Tsunami” from happening.
The best way to manage & get through a “Stress Tsunami” is by taking the following actions:
- Recognize it – become very aware of your stress responses.
- Accept it – avoid making it worse with a negative attitude.
- Manage it – Use your LifeTools to minimize it’s impact on you & your health.
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