All around us, we’re constantly being told to find ways to reduce our stress. People say that stress is detrimental for our health, and that we should be working to completely eliminate from our lives.
However, stress isn’t always such a bad thing. If you really think about it, it actually works in our favor quite often. It’s because of stress that we actually get things done. Imagine you need to study for a big test. A week away from it you’re probably not stressed about it because it’s so far away, but the day before you’ll be a somewhat stressed about it so you’ll dedicate part of your day to studying.
So the real challenge isn’t finding ways to completely eliminate stress from our lives – it’s finding the right balance between too stressful and just stressful enough. I like to think of that stressful sweet spot as being in the “productivity zone”. It’s when you’re so busy that you have no time for distractions, but you also know that you have enough time in the day to accomplish everything that you need.
Here are some ways to reach that “productivity zone”:
- Get Busy – Although giving yourself time to relax is beneficial to your health and mental sanity, don’t give yourself too much time. Instead of taking an hour-long break which ends up turning into double the time, take 5 minute interval breaks.
- Plan Ahead – There’s a difference between a day where you’re so busy that you’re moving nonstop and a day where you need to pull an all-nighter to finish your work. Plan your day ahead of time to avoid the latter.
- Shift Your Perspective – Don’t think of stress as such a bad thing. Think of it as a mental superpower that you can use to your advantage. It’ll turn into a much more positive experience when you’re under stressful situations.
For this week’s #MakeItHappen, be more mindful about how you approach stress in life. Don’t be afraid to make yourself a little bit more busy within reason – you might end up reaching your “productivity zone” and getting more done. Let us know how it goes and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen,
Stefano & the YTeach Team
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
– Hans Selye