Ever heard somebody brag about their “high-stress tolerance” or ability to cope with large amounts of stress? Perhaps you have been that person? It’s time to brag about the opposite.
I used to brag about handling stressful situations in this way. I challenge you now, to lower your tolerance. Do this by trying to cut as much unnecessary stress as you can. Stress comes in both healthy and opposite forms. Focus on the things that matter and use adrenaline and better forms to get you through your day.
A funny thing happens when a person has a high-stress tolerance.
Their capacity for stress grows as they take on more. Imagine a water balloon filling up but never stopping. Eventually, it will pop. The bubble will burst. Don’t let this happen to you.
Purposefully practice feeling less stressed in situations and lowering your tolerance. It’s not to say you can’t handle these situations but when they arise you will be more patient and better equipped to deal with them.
Move intentionally and move slowly. Even if you are dealing with a stressful situation, think it over. The first lesson in CPR or emergency training is to observe the situation. If we don’t assess the situation we could make things worse for the people involved, ourselves included. Take a few deep breaths, consider what you are dealing with, and then get to work. Furthermore, you’ll look calm and put together under pressure.
Want help lowering your stress tolerance even further? Check out the book Ignore The Noise: Focus On What Matters. This book helps put life in perspective when things get out of hand. Whether it’s dealing with criticism of others or tuning into what’s in front of us, you will find valuable tools for staying on track and cool under pressure.