How to Manage Your Stress Response
Whether you are rushing to meet a quarterly deadline or dealing with uncertainty due to COVID, you are probably experiencing stress at work. And if you are contending with various issues at once, your stress multiplies. Your body can have negative reactions to stress, including suppressing your immune system and increasing your blood pressure. According to Larae Quy, who was an FBI agent investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are four ways to bounce back from stress. These are:
De-stress slowly. Quy recommends doing mild exercise and timed mental activities, such as solving crossword puzzles, to boost your immune system.
Build resilience. The goal is to change your attitude so you are better able to roll with the punches.
Reduce stress in the moment. There are many ways to stop the stress response in its tracks, including going for a walk in nature and using a standing desk while you do your work.
Develop your self-awareness. Take time to understand how you feel and what happens when you are dealing with stress. You may be able to nip the stress response in the bud.
For more, read Larae Quy’s article “4 powerful ways to manage stress, bounce back” on SmartBrief.com.