One of the things included in our Career Integrated Wellness System © is Wellness Coaching. With that I provide coaching in a weekly newsletter for all employees who opt in to receive it. Here is a letter I've written to the employees at PGC. The topic I've chosen this morning is stress.
It's been a good summer at PGC Wellness. The kids are back in school and the season is beginning to change. This is a time of high stress levels for a number of people. I don't know about you but you can almost taste the tension in the air. Conversations seem to have a bit of an edge as we "deal with" summer ending.
I am a distance athlete. One of the many things I have learned to deal with is the ability to see what's coming and overcome it before I ever have to deal with it. This, like many things in running, transcends the trail. One way the ability to identify transcends the trail is in our abilities to deal with the stresses in our lives. I have a race that starts tomorrow and ends on Saturday. I already know some of the sticking points in that event. I've prepared for when I come to those points along the trail. I have a plan in place for how to deal with it before it ever becomes an issue.
Sometimes we don't have a plan. When we don't have a plan, we come up with one in real time. We don't always have a plan. What is our default coping mechanism then? There are choices that promote growth and a better you and there are choices that mask the feelings that come with elevated stress levels.
I can talk to you about this because I have dealt with the stress in my life both ways in the past. I've learned to identify when stress levels are high and the things that trigger that stress response. My choice is to come from a place of gratitude for what I have been blessed with and shift my autopilot from unhealthy behaviors to those behaviors that are productive and add value to the lives of those around me. A few productive behaviors are exercise, creating a schedule, take a deep breath, have a positive attitude and be thankful.
I don't know what that looks like for you but I challenge you today to identify those things that trigger your stress response and come up with a positive response to them. The season is changing. Now, we get to enjoy the fall colors.
Jon Howard - Husband and Father of 3 | Ultra Endurance Athlete | President - 10x Traction Wellness