Riding the Rainbow - Strategies for Managing Stress, Ep. 6

Let’s talk about Stress!  We all experience it.  We don’t love it.  Stress is uncomfortable and can be dangerous when levels become too high, when life becomes overwhelming.  Dr. Lyz explains the relationship between stress and performance with attention to the reciprocal effects of distress and aspects of the body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.  Dr. Lyz reviews the benefits of maintaining stress at a low to moderate range and shares six strategies for avoiding unnecessary stress, managing unavoidable stress, and designing a healthy, proactive approach to living well.  

 Riding the Rainbow to manage stress illustrates the relationship between stress and performance outlined in the Yerkes-Dodson Law.  Optimal performance occurs when stress levels are maintained at a moderate level.  Low levels of stress are correlated with low performance - think of when you are not invested in a particular outcome or when you are disconnected from authentic stress awareness.  High levels of stress are correlated with low performance - for example when you feel overwhelmed, anxious and life feels out of control.  When you can manage stress, prevent it from becoming too high, and maintain stress at a low to moderate level, performance is optimized.


Six Strategies for Managing Stress:

  1. Avoid stress when you can.
  2. Recognize stress when it’s unavoidable.
  3. Take a curious approach to stress, increase your awareness of the impacts of stress - body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.
  4. Be proactive.
  5. Cultivate resilience.
  6. Prioritize health and wellness.


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