1 Simple Trick to Power Up Stress for Better Performance, Better Life

  • “Catch the melatonin wave.” The window of opportunity for an easy sleep is when you start to feel drowsy around 10–11pm.
  • “Avoid Screens.” Come on, you know that. Cut it out.
  • “Enjoy only perceptual activities 60 minutes before bed.” Not activities that require conceptual thinking like intense conversations. They did not mention the other thing you might be wondering about. I would imagine whether it is perceptual or conceptual depends on how you go about it.
  • “Avoid eating two hours before bed.” What? Yeh, I’m sorry, activates blood and sugar flow, keeps us alert and awake. That’s what they said.
  • “Practice five minutes of mindfulness when you go to bed.” Of course.
  • Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
  • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
  • If you work at a desk, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
  • Walk with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.
  • Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
  • Sharpen cognitive abilities (e.g., attention, flexibility) that positively affect performance,
  • Strengthen efficiency, effectiveness, and organization for performance excellence,
  • And, lessen the risk of developing mental disorders,
  • Because learning how to mastering the stress gives us the skill and confidence to deal with — and know we can deal with — stress in the future.

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Madelaine Weiss

Madelaine Weiss

Licensed Psychotherapist, Board Certified Executive, Career, Life Coach. LICSW, MBA, BCC