Your Best Under Stress

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Key Traction-Point:

Stress is not necessarily the result of too much work or too many interruptions – it stems from when their demands on you exceed your perceived ability to control them. The key, then, is to focus on better controlling the parts you CAN control.


If you’re like 75% of other Americans, you’ve experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and often lie awake at night because of it.

Trying to balance the demands of your work and family life can stretch even the strongest among us to the breaking point. But there is a way to be successful and productive even when under stress, says Sharon Melnick,  PhD and author of “Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure’s On.”

In her book she writes that stress is not necessarily the result of too much work or continual interruptions, but rather when the demands of your situation exceed your perceived ability to control them. Every challenge, she writes, can be divided into the 50% you can control and the 50% you cannot.

Read her interview at the Intuit QuickBase blog.

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