How do you manage stress?
With the overwhelming amount of stress that many Americans may feel every day, it's easy to imagine how stress in our lives can lead to disengagement from work, clients or families, burn out or depression.
"If we have too much stress in our lives (without recovery), we feel burned out or may develop health issues."
However, studies from the Human Performance Institute™ show that it's not the stress that causes problems for many people, it's their lack of recovery. As humans we require cycles of stress and recovery in order to keep developing. If we have too much stress in our lives (without recovery), we feel burned out or may develop health issues. However, if we have too much recovery (with no periods of stress) we will fail to expand our capacity for growth.
High stress or "storms" are not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we learn how to approach them:
Now, more than ever, is the time to maintain or establish a regular, consistent schedule for recovery. By purposefully planning the time to disengage and relax, you can better handle the "storms" in your personal and professional life.
Many people view recovery as lying around watching a movie, taking a nap, even having a glass of wine or a beer. The truth is, recovery is possible while in motion. This type of recovery is called active recovery whereas inactive recovery is called passive recovery. Both types are essential for full engagement where you are energized, positive, connected, focused and committed. Recovery includes any activity that is enjoyable, fulfilling and prompts positive emotions, and with it a flush of positive endorphins. Depending on what your interests are, it might mean working in the garden, exercising, yoga, meditation, massage, time with friends, quiet time alone, playing sports, reading a book...the list goes on and on. The key is finding what works for you.