You constantly hear how bad stress is for you: it's damaging your health, jeopardizing your relationships, and hurting your performance. While these risks are real,recent research is showing that work strain, when managed correctly, can actually have a positive impact on productivity and performance. So how can you take the stress you thought was killing you and make it constructive?

Principles to Remember

Do:

  • Think of stress as an indicator that you care about something, rather than a cause for panic
  • Focus on the task, rather than the emotion
  • Build relationships so that you have people to turn to in times of stress

Don't:

  • Assume your stress is going to last forever
  • Worry about things that are out of your control
  • Spend time with people who are negative

Source for tips on how turn your stress into an asset: Harvard Business Review.

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