Stress develops when where you are in life differs from where you think you're supposed to be. And while it's a word we throw around with ease, research suggests it's not something to take lightly. When left unchecked, the Mayo Clinic found that living a high-stress lifestyle and adopting a worrisome mindset has been linked to a torrent of health issues including high blood pressure and heart disease.
What's more, it's an issue that is especially prevalent in women. The Atlantic reviewed HR records from Hewlett-Packard and found that "women applied for a promotion only when they met 100% of the qualifications. Men applied when they met 50 percent," proving niggling self-doubt could be a major career hindrance.
To combat stress and silence self-doubt, we searched for three simple changes to commit to making now, for a calm and confident future. Quash your inner critic, once and for all.
When thinking about possible outcomes, does your mind search for the worst-case scenario? If your mind does start to wander in a negative direction, mental health support service Reachout recommends challenging the thought process by asking yourself a , "Is that true?," or, "Is that the only explanation for what might be happening?" Try to find one or more equally possible scenarios and think of how each one will make you feel, not just the worst-case example.
If you love what you do, it’s infinitely easier to be successful. First, understand what you’re good at and how you can use your strongest skills to excel in the workplace. It’s all about identifying the parts of your job that you actually enjoy and that play to your strengths. But don’t stop there. Implement ways in which you can use and build up your strengths every day.
We’re referring to that mean-girl voice; you know the one. Instead of being your own harshest critic, try talking to yourself the way you would talk to any other friend. That means looking at your mistakes and shortcomings with kindness and understanding. Be open to learning, but don’t chastise yourself for being imperfect.
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