3 Ways to Turn Stress Into Productivity
Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of life. There are plenty of stressors to be found in both your personal life and in your professional life. While, most of us would prefer to eliminate stress altogether, it just isn’t an option. The next best alternative is to learn how to manage your stress and turn it from a negative into a positive. Let’s take a look at three simple ways you can turn stress into productivity.
Take Ownership of Your Stress
Acceptance is the first step. It may be tempting to pretend your stress doesn’t exist and that by ignoring it, the stress will just disappear. This will not work in the long run and it is not a healthy way to deal with the stressors in your life. Acknowledge your stress. It’s there and it’s something you must learn how to manage and deal with. When you acknowledge your stress, you strip it of some of its power!
It’s All in How You Look at Things
Perspective can dictate whether you manage your stress, or your stress manages you. Let’s say you get caught in traffic and are running late to work one morning. It seems like you are having the worst luck and you can’t imagine your morning going any worse. When you get to work, a co-worker is recounting the events of how a deer ran out in front of their vehicle on the way to work and totaled their car. All of a sudden, the fact that you got stuck in traffic doesn’t seem so bad. Hearing the events of your co-worker’s morning changed your perspective of how your morning went.
Instead of letting stress paralyze you, use it to challenge yourself. Let it motivate you to be productive even when you don’t feel like it. You overcome many obstacles in life and today stress is one of those!
Make Stress Your Motivator
Unstoppable motivation is a powerful thing and can allow you to accomplish anything! Let stress motivate you to mark things off of your to-do list. Figure out which tasks will help reduce your stress levels and tackle those first. In fact, to help you see your progress better, you can make a physical to-do list and have the satisfaction of marking each task off as you complete it!
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