I was talking with a client last week about the inverse stress seesaw, the one where stress increases and self-sustaining activities decrease. In perfect unison.
This is so common that I have yet to meet a client who doesn’t experience it.
The solution is not to suggest to my clients that they “manage” the stress. The deadlines, pressures, and expectations they face are very real.
What I do suggest is providing a counterbalance, checking in with themselves to make sure that they’re still spending time on those key activities that fuel them, with those important people that most enrich them.
Which, it turns out, manages the stress.
If your pace has picked up, the trick isn’t to try to outrun it.
(Even though that might always be our first impulse.)
The trick is to weight the seesaw.
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