• Penn Vieau

STRESS - Live Your Best Life

Stress is a natural part of the human experience. At times we try to ignore its presence and its impact, adopting an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality in the hopes that it will just go away; other times, however, it completely takes over us and can destroy our mental and physical well being. Stress has always been a popular topic of discussion, because it is something that we all wrestle with, yet none of us can rid ourselves of it completely. However, it is possible to live your best life handling it correct and using a coach.

Countless articles are written on where stress comes from, how it impacts us, and how we can manage it. Workplace stress, in particular, is a very hot topic. As our lives become busier and more interconnected, it is often difficult to switch off and have moments to decompress before the next task’s deadline, the next fire that needs to be put out, or the next demanding project lands on our desk. How, then, do we deal with this stress?

There are many proven ways to cope with stress. First rule of thumb: think positively! Studies indicate that optimism or pessimism may affect your quality of life. Optimism enables you to cope better with stressful situations, likely reducing the effects of stress on your body.

Next, change your emotional response! Managing stress doesn’t mean eliminating stressors from your life. It means developing positive strategies for dealing with stress to avoid negative consequences. Think about stress as your reaction to an event, rather than the event itself. This makes it easier to identify healthy ways to manage stress. Even though you can’t control some of the stressors in your life, you can control your response to them.

Lastly, protect your time! How does your behavior contribute to your stress? Some people find it hard to say no to any requests made on their time. But saying yes to everything comes at a price — more stress and less peace of mind. Learn how to take time for yourself without feeling guilty.

To help you through the stress of tough times, most of us need a strong coach and listener. If you’d like to learn more on how to manage your stress (and more about the additional coping mechanisms to the above list), make the best use of your time and be your best self – let’s connect. Don’t wait – TODAY IS THE DAY!


Penn Vieau  |  Leadership Expert - Speaker - Life Changing Coach  |  Madison, WI  |  |