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Success Under Stress – Improve your energy and immunity with a better Future View

Beat stress with optimism

Future view, stress and immunity

Summary: Have you ever came down with a cold right after you finish a big project or return from a trip? Stress can zap your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness and infection.  You can, however, increase your immune system’s strength with a better future view.   This article and video give you three solid steps to improve yours.  (Also published on Success.com)

 

When you think about your future, how positive is that picture?  Your future view either sabotages your energy and makes you more likely to get sick or it increases your positive energy and resiliency to stress and illness.

We think about the future many times each day.  Each time you do, what do you focus on?  Is your view of the future optimistic and full of possibilities, or is filled with stressful and worry? 

After 23 years of being a stress motivational speaker and researching working adults, I’m absolutely clear on one thing:

People who thrive under stress have better future views.

Let me back up that statement with some research.  In a 2010 study published in Psychological Science, researchers studied 124 law students to determine if their future view, how optimistic they see their future, affected their immune system.  They found that those with a more optimistic view of their future had significantly stronger immune responses. 

Meaning, their attitude made their body better at fighting infection.

That’s interesting don’t you think?  It gets even more interesting. 

As a “motivational speaker” on stress and productivity, I sometimes get push back when I share that being optimistic gives you a strategic advantage in life.  Some will say, “I’m just not that optimistic of a person.”

The really interesting aspect of this study is that the researchers found that the students baseline level of optimism did not have a significant affect on their immune system. 

This is great news, because you don’t have to be full-blown optimist to get the amazing benefits of improving your future view.  Even cynical, pessimistic, “dooms dayers”  can get the same, full benefits of an improved immune response if they improve their future view. 

We don’t have control over what the future holds, but we do have control over how we view our future.  This study shows that our bodies are designed to thrive when we look forward with optimism.  

Here are three steps to help you create a better future view:

A. Take a mental snap shot of your current future view.

What do you see when you look to the future?  How does that picture make you feel? 

B. Improve it.

Identify anything that can help support a better future view.  I flesh out how to do this in another stress management video, called 1 out of 3: How people who thrive under stress stay motivated.

C. Make it a pattern.

Whenever you think about the future, I want you to make that a trigger to refocus on how to make the future look better.

For example, I was the closing Keynote speaker for a group of meeting professionals call the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.  Their organization is going through some big changes.  I asked them, and I ask you – When you look to the future are you focusing on the uncertainty or the opportunity?  The added work or the chance to stand out?  The loss of stability or appreciation for what you have?

By choosing a more optimistic view, you will not only increase your energy and motivation, but you will strengthen your immune system.

I know this is a simple idea, but the better you get at developing a better future view the better your chances are at being successful under stress.

Contact Andy Core if you would like to improve the future view of your people – 800.605.8480, nanci@andycore.com

CITATION: Optimistic Expectancies and Cell-Mediated Immunity: The Role of Positive Affect.” Segerstrom, Suzanne C.; Sephton, Sandra E. Psychological Science, Volume 21 (3), February 2010, Pages 448-455.

 

Try to Make Everything Workout for you Even in Bad Situations.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

In most cases, the hardest part of life is how to deal with heartache. It doesn’t matter how well you plan or how much effort you put in, bad things will still happen, even to good people. In most cases, life gives you more than you think you can handle, and you may get mad or just disgusted with everyone and everything but life will still go on.

You can’t wallow in your sorrows for too long because time waits for no one. You can’t afford to let everything lapse because still have responsibilities no matter what has happens.

Seek for assistance from your friends when in bad situations.

Seek for assistance from your
friends when in bad situations.

It’s difficult to find humor during bad situations, but it’s usually somewhere. Most of the time, you will find that things could be worse than you think. Concentrate on all the positive things in your life, and work on them. Ask for support from your friends and family members.

Like a professional speaker once said, “When you focus on the good things, it will help you build yourself back up again.” This will eventually heal your and you will be glad that you didn’t let your troubles weigh you down too greatly.

 

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Maximize Productivity in the Workplace; Avoid Unhealthy Stress-Coping Mechanisms

Drowning your sorrows is never a good way to help maintain productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

People have many different ways of coping with stress that they may experience at work. It is important, however, that in order to maintain productivity in the workplace, that you avoid the following coping mechanisms, for whilst they may have short term benefits, the long term effect on your productivity and your health leave a lot to be desired.

Drinking Alcohol

Some people try to cope by having a few drinks in the evening. The alcohol soothes them and allows them to forget their worries for the night. The problems with this, in the long term, however, can be catastrophic. At best, you will find yourself becoming lethargic during the day, having to work through the hangovers every morning and being irritable with workmates. This does very little for your productivity in the workplace. At worst, you are risking serious health problems in the future. This kind of coping mechanism is to be avoided!

Overeating or Under Eating

It is well known that some people cope with problems by altering their eating pattern. Clearly, either approach has potential health problems, but even without considering those, they will have a massive effect on your ability to work. If you are under eating you will lack energy, meaning that even the simplest tasks at work will seem that harder; increasing your stress levels. Overeat and you will start to think more about your stomach than your work; again, your productivity will decrease as your stress levels rise.

Procrastinating

Never put off today what you could do tomorrow; for what will you then do with tomorrow’s work? Procrastination is an avoidance technique; trying to tell yourself that you can forget the stress because the job isn’t important. Sadly, this is rarely the case, and putting off work places you under more pressure as the deadline draws near.

Avoid these stress-coping mechanisms or your productivity in the workplace, as well as your health, will deteriorate.

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Improve Productivity in the Workplace by Coping with Stress

Avoiding stress whenever possible can improve productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

It is all too easy to say what you should not do when you are stressed and your productivity in the workplace is suffering, but then you are still left with the problem of discovering what you should do. When thinking about what you can do to deal with the situation, try to remember the three A’s:

Avoid

The best thing that you can do is to avoid all unnecessary stress in your life. Obviously, certain stresses cannot be done away with. Nevertheless, reflect on your life. Are you stressed when involved in political or religious arguments? Are there certain people who raise your blood pressure? Are you prone to taking too much on? If this is the case, then do what you can to avoid such situations; learn to say no and avoid people who irritate you.

Alter

Some stressful situations cannot be avoided, so you need to work out some way in which you can change your stress level. If you are prone to bottling problems up, try talking about them to somebody, a problem shared is a problem halved. Try to manage your time a bit better; make a list of all the things that you need to do and come up with a plan of when you are going to do them. You will find that you feel less stressed when you can see everything you have to do laid out in front of you and your productivity in the workplace will benefit.

Adapt

Sometimes you may just have to come to terms with the stressful situation in order to deal with it. Try to take a step back and look at the big picture; by having a change of perspective you may be able to reassess what you see as important. Try to take positives out of the situation; have you achieved something that you can focus on?

Take the time to find a solution that slots within one of the three A’s; your productivity in the workplace will increase and you will find your stress is much more manageable.

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