Most people probably don’t realize that there are two kinds of stress — eustress and distress. Unlike eustress, distress is negative stress and, in the short term, distress stimulates the body’s fight or flight response, activating the sympathetic nervous system. Effects include increased heart rate, increased adrenaline, restricted digestion, dilated pupils and basically total activation of your senses. As you can imagine, this isn’t sustainable long term, so it can be highly toxic to your health if this response is constantly being triggered.
How can we, as entrepreneurs and business professionals, manage this stimuli called stress to produce a more sustainable life and deliver healthier results? Here are five ways: