Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, delivered a great TED talk on "How to Make Stress Your Friend."
Her message is perfect for those of us working in the nonprofit trenches and feeling stress due to our coworkers, our funders, our culture and politics, and all combinations thereof.
Here's the heart of it: life can be stressful, and stress can be bad for your health, but if you believe that stress brings positive benefits, then that stress won't hurt you.
Watch Dr. McGonigal present her evidence, and see if changing your mind about stress can change your life!
OK, now that you have a radical new paradigm for understanding the stress that is inevitable for most of us, here's a quick technique to help manage stress: BOX BREATHING!
The Navy SEALs do it, so you'd better believe it works!
So, the next time your nonprofit throws a big stressball your way, just remember that your body, mind and spirit are responding to the stress in ways that can help you. And then breathe like a SEAL!