You Need Stress to Be Productive

Dr. David Danskin from Kansas State University estimates 85 percent of doctor visits are due to stress-related causes. But not all stress is bad.  As a matter of fact, we need a healthy level of stress in order to get out of bed and be productive human beings.  It is only when you cross from healthy stress (eustress) to unhealthy stress (distress) that your health and performance are negatively effected. 

If the holiday season is a time of distress for you, there are several ways to help manage your stress and anxiety.  First of all, take time to “deep breathe” — not into your upper chest, but into your diaphragm. Inhale through your nose for 4 counts, feeling your belly expand. Hold your breath for 7 counts. Exhale through your mouth for 8 counts. If this is too difficult, simply adjust the counts and work up to it. Also, shoot for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you find it hard to fall asleep, the breathing technique can help. Take time to pray or meditate.

Being faced with tempting holiday treats is simply going to happen —be mindful of how much and how often. Sugar and simple carbohydrates stress the adrenals.

Be sure to always exercise! You need it most during stressful times!

  • Brian M. Freer

    The author makes a good point. Most of the time we regard stress as something negative. Managing stress properly can ensure we are prepared.

  • Ashley Ribock

    Procrastination is the key to success

  • Kristen Hoffman Bryant

    You put the “ass” in Procrastination

  • Ashley Ribock

    I’m sure you’re one of those people that do everything early. Christmas shopping done in September, spring cleaning in the winter, etc. Which is why you are dull. I, on the other hand, welcome the pressure from procrastination that turns me into a diamond.

  • Kristen Hoffman Bryant

    A diamond! LOL! And just so you know I have not bought the first thing for Christmas and I don’t even know where the “ELF” is! But am I stressed? NO!

  • Ashley Ribock

    Realllly? Because you seem stressed. Some people can handle stress and others can’t. Don’t be ashamed of your weakness.

  • Kristen Hoffman Bryant

    You have won this round my friend! But in all seriousness this was a great read and maybe I should embrace my stress.

  • Ashley Ribock

    Agreed! The breathing exercises are very calming, you should give them a try if you haven’t already.

About the author

Rhonda Huff, M.Ed, CHHC, CPT, AADP, NLP

Rhonda is the owner and master trainer at Body-in-Balance Wellness & Fitness Studio in Virginia. She’s worked for the top luxury fitness clubs in New York City. Rhonda enjoys coaching sports and sharing her knowledge of rehabilitation and injury prevention.