Understanding Stress & Performance

Scott Paton
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No stress is not good, but too much stress causes its own problems. Performance drops when over stresses.

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English [Auto] Stress is something we all basically deal with it gets some really bad press. We have a tendency to always think of stress and tension as negatives and something that's going to hurt us but not always. If we start by thinking of the stress curve. This was done is called the Yorke's Dodson curve and it's fairly old but it starts by thinking about the green area of the curve. What happens is if we don't get any stress we're simply going to sleep through life. So you want enough stress that's going to create a challenge. It's going to create some excitement. It's going to overcome that under load and generate some action for you. So we typically will see a very good player a very good team performing at a poor level if they play against very bad competition. But normally you'll see people will rise to the occasion and that's what you stress is about it's about getting enough stress that gets the energy going gets the adrenaline flowing and gets us moving in the right direction. When we move along the stress curve we look at optimum stress sort of gets us in that quote unquote zone where we get excited we're performing well and then we start going to the negative side of the curve. Very often this is called distress. We get exhausted we get tired we're overloaded. We tend to burn out. We get tired. And here's when we get fatigue exhaustion and all those negative things that occur typically when we get too stressed you're going to see a loss of control of our emotions. We're going to be anxious. We're going to be angry more people are going to set us off for just about no reason at all. Well some of the things that happen with us are pretty common to all of us with stress. We find out that physically your breathing changes your muscles change some of us get headachy your cold hands cold feet. Those are the physical responses mentally you're going to find it more difficult to concentrate as it gets worse more mistakes or errors forgetfulness overreaction bad judgment emotionally we become irritable cranky nervous depressed and your self-image tends to decline. You tend to be less happy with just about everything and then behaviorally you get tired you get absent your motivation drops. Things start going downhill in a big way. Normally when we see people who are too stressed the performance is going down very often we look at someone and almost tend to applaud socially when they're working 70 80 hours a week but they're overstressed and they're heading the wrong way. We're going to see less quality in the work less good things happening with the performance. When we look to relieve stress when we look to create outlets for ourselves typically you're going to find out that you have a tendency to favor one set of senses over the other. Now be careful here because sometimes people think that means you ignore the others. Now we all tend to do all of the above what you're going to have certain preferences on your stress control. Those of us who are visual people can relieve stress by looking at nice pictures watch a movie daydreaming creating some nice fantasy images in your mind. Read a book close your eyes and visualize transport your so those who are auditory like listening to music. They like talking they like conversations. They like to hear the sounds of nature. They like to relate to what they're attuned to auditorily kinaesthetic people like to touch things. Let's squeeze a stressful they get a massage or go out and run the whole exercise a little bit. They get physical. What's interesting with kinaesthetic people is they respond extremely well to petting an animal or dealing with a pet. Pets have an incredible impact on kinaesthetic. Even though the impact all of us. Now some people actually are the olfactory people. These are the people who enjoy smells the cooking channel kind of demonstrates that more and more of us are getting in touch with that olfactory thing. People who respond best to the olfactory senses like to burn incense. They have the oils and the scented candles around. They enjoy the scent smells of nature maybe they like to brew teas they like to cook. And then some of us most of us actually have this mixed way to reduce stress. We enjoy tasting foods we like to meditate. We use biofeedback yoga singing laughing using positive self-talk. The mixed people have a tendency to integrate the stress activities so that they can handle it. Now for all of us stress is part of daily life certain things are going to be more deep more stressful to some people and to others. But we all experience stress we all suffer from that fight flight freeze response when we experience stress. Now here's the key. The key is to develop an awareness of yourself and awareness of what's happening to you physically mentally emotionally. Performance wise and to have the proactive tools in place that are going to lead to relief and let you just blow off that steam. Being proactive means knowing you're so knowing one of the most effective releases and knowing which things are going to be the biggest stressors that are toughest to let go of. So take the time make the effort to meditate. Use a little biofeedback daydream visualize listen to some good music and learn how to relax and calm yourself when you need to. Stress is part of everyday but it doesn't need to dominate the day.