Stress affects everyone of all ages and races. It's a respecter of no one. However, high performers often have a heightened sense of achieving certain standards and expectations. Whether it's self-expectations or those of others, there's always a constant strive and relentless need to outperform.
Every new task comes with a need for high performance and achievement - mediocrity is never an option. Despite this seeming like a positive approach to life, it also causes a high level of exposure to stress triggers. A certain level of stress isn't bad. However, a repeated amount of the same stress trigger without management can be debilitating to the overall health in terms of behavior as well as physical and psychological effects.
It's important to learn how to manage stress and its triggers to avoid burnout. Below are tips you can use in managing stress as a high performer.
Know your trigger
Socrates once said, "Man, know thyself". It's important to identify things that affect you. Pinpoint what causes you stress. Is it family, school, work, or friends? Whatever your triggers, understanding them makes it easier to manage. Additionally, it also better prepares you to reach into your stress management arsenal when needed.
Develop a healthy stress response
We all get stressed at different points in our lives. Stress is a part of our human existence. A positive stress response can be very inspiring as it helps us perform better. Because this is not always the case, there's a need to develop a healthy stress response. Use techniques such as music therapy, breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, guided visualization, or any relaxation technique.
Clear your thoughts
Nothing increases your stress level like those negative thoughts in your head. Exchange those negative thoughts for positive ones. Stay intentional with the kind of thoughts you allow into your head. Remember there's no room for negativity as it zaps your energy and increases your stress level.
Join healthy groups
Belonging to a healthy group of like-minded people can be de-stressing and relaxing. Connect with friends and family who listen to you without judgment or criticism. It will help calm and lower your stress level. When you connect with people you're comfortable with, your body releases oxytocin - a relaxing hormone. You become calm and relaxed. Don't isolate yourself. Remember we all need someone to lean on.
Set realistic goals
Not reaching a specific goal or target can be very disheartening. It can trigger negative thoughts of worthlessness, disappointment, and even the feeling of being a failure. These thoughts increase your stress level.
Always set realistic goals. Never allow anyone's unrealistic expectations to push you into overworking yourself. Maintaining a healthy stress level is important at all times.
Remember, your health should be a priority over anything. So, take the stress out and bring the calm in. 😎