It’s about time we admitted that stress isn’t the devil. In fact, at least according to Travis Bradberry in his HuffPost Article, 10 Things Super Successful People Do to Stay Calm, a small amount of (manageable) stress is good for us. It stimulates production.
Here’s his list, and some of these are going to be very familiar to anyone on the self-help path. These “super successful people” he’s talking about do this:
- They Appreciate What They Have
- They Avoid Asking “What If?”
- They Stay Positive
- They Disconnect
- They Limit Their Caffeine Intake
- They Sleep
- They Squash Negative Self-Talk
- They Reframe Their Perspective
- They Breathe
- They Use Their Support System
What a great list. But isn’t it ironic that he put the easiest one near the end. Breathing. Here’s what he had to say about it. “The easiest way to make stress intermittent lies in something that you have to do everyday anyway: breathing. The practice of being in the moment with your breathing will begin to train your brain to focus solely on the task at hand and get the stress monkey off your back. When you’re feeling stressed, take a couple of minutes to focus on your breathing.”
Number four also seems pretty important – to disconnect. Unplug. Walk away from the screen. Close your eyes. Close the door. That leads to the most important strategy, which he unfortunately neglected, which opens the door to a very different kind of success than what he was referencing, meditate.