This week I’ve been working with others who have felt the pressures mounting – to get a paper done, a speech, job applications, parental expectations, or looming deadlines. Ok, the last one is one I’m experiencing today as I work on finishing a chapter for a book, prepping for this weekend’s parenting conference, and finishing my seminar for the National Youth Workers Conventions.
Everyone reacts differently to increasing pressure. Some get really grouchy, some procrastinate, others increase or decrease their efforts, and some just do nothing.
I watch college students react to papers and tests. Some lean in and get the work done on time and navigate the end of semester well. Others put everything off to the end and then complain about how stressed they are. It’s their own doing! (It never stopped us from procrastinating either, did it?)
How do you react to stress? The Mayo clinic has a helpful article on the topic while this webpage also contains a lot of good information. How about those around you? What have you noticed about their reactions?
Here’s the key: Knowing how you relate to stress is helpful to your productivity and leadership. Many people think they know how they react, but it’s helpful to ask others who know us well about their perspectives on our handling of stress.
What have you noticed about yourself when under stress? How has it affected your work, leadership, or ministry? Your relationships?