Stress Ain’t Good For You

Companies and organizations that survived the “Great Recession” did so because of perseverance, effort and focus. However, there is a price to pay for everything and perhaps the price in this case is a lot more stress. And yes, this is an understandable outcome – do more with less, work additional hours, a sense of uncertainty, disrupted sleep, it all adds up to stress.

Recently a growing number of people have mentioned to me how stressed they are. They tell me stress plays a larger part of their professional as well as personal lives. For some, stress is affecting their health, outlook of life, quality of family activities and on and on.

So, I listen and am reminded of how I used to get consumed by life situations and feel stressed from time-to-time.

Here is a simple method I learned years ago to alleviate stress and bring some calmness into my life.

Each of us possesses a wonderful tool to calm us whenever and wherever we notice we are upset, angry and allowing ourselves to get stressed out. You have access to this tool every second of every day as long as you live. It is simple, costs nothing, is always your choice and will make a difference!

Intentional Breathing

Breathe in . . .

Breathe out . . .

Breathe in . . .

Breathe out . . .

Breathe in . . .

Breathe out . . .

Just pause for a few minutes and remember anger is not a good strategy for solving problems instead choose to intentionally breathe, stay relaxed and alert for better decision making.

Try intentional breathing the next time you find yourself edgy and ready to get stressed . . . get better results instead.

The TEC slogan for many years has been Better Leaders, Better Decisions, Better Results.

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Looking for more quick fixes to stress? Check out this article by Harvard Medical School – Mini-Relaxation Exercises: A quick fix in stressful moments