Business School > Turn Stress into an Advantage

| December 30, 2014

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While many of us look forward to the holiday season, it can be a stressful time of year. And when that stress seeps into the workplace, you have to know how to overcome it and regain control.

Recognize your physiological signs of stress: Does your neck stiffen? Maybe your stomach clenches, your palms sweat, and your pulse races? Don’t think about why the task is stressful – think of it as an opportunity. Use the adrenaline and heightened attention to really apply yourself. If the voice in your head is saying, “I’ll never be able to do this,” talk yourself down. Respond in a logical, calm tone, and be positive. Take three deep breaths, lower your shoulders, and rotate your neck – try to relax. Find someone you trust who can listen and provide counsel. And make a to-do list prioritizing your most important tasks to combat feeling overwhelmed.

Adapted from “How to Handle Stress in the Moment” by Rebecca Knight.

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