What is it that you suffer from when stress starts to overwhelm you? I can identify with all of the above (hopefully never again the rocking though!!). I know what it's like to be under constant pressure, balancing various competing demands. The thing is, I've changed. People regularly ask me "Kristy, how do you cope with the stress of your work and not allow the situations you deal with to impact you?" My reply is always the same - I actually find it easy. I'm not saying this to brag, I'm saying this because it's true. But I don't find it easy by pure chance. I find it easy because after many years of working in high stress or distressing situations, I have learned some skills that I implement day in, day out; I know who I am; I have faith in my professional skills, I know what I'm capable of dealing with; I know what's my responsibility and what's not; I'm not afraid to say "this is out of my depth" and refer a situation on; I always do my best so when I walk out the door I can maintain my integrity and say "I have given it my all and done everything reasonably expected of me"; I refuse to label myself as a failure because I can't do it all; I know I'm not wonderwoman and I don't expect to be.
I guess you could say I am aware and content with who I am on the inside, and that awareness and contentment influences how I interact with my environment on the outside.
The reasons why we get stressed can be complex, but often they boil down to a common denominator; our expectations. What is it that we expect of ourselves? What is it that we expect of others? Have we been intentional and realistic when setting up those expectations? Or are we mindlessly adhering to them without taking the time to realise and articulate exactly what we think?
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Kristy is the founder of Wellbalance. She is inspired to motivate leaders and workplaces toward proactive, effective and productive communication with their people, to achieve positive outcomes for all. Kristy enjoys long walks on the beach and holding hands at sunset (just joking - actually not really!) Kristy thrives on seeing relationships reach their full potential, and celebrates when people come to understand their true value - to love their flaws, accept their perceived failings and grow beyond these. She believes that the entire human race are healthier and happier when they CONNECT - with their people, GROW - in their self awareness and ability to engage with others, and LIVE - life to their full potential.