Calm Down (Top 10 Ways to…)


Forbes: How Successful People Stay Calm:

TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. If you’ve followed my work, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health. The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless.

While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that successful people employ when faced with stress, what follows are ten of the best. Some of these strategies may seem obvious, but the real challenge lies in recognizing when you need to use them and having the wherewithal to actually do so in spite of your stress.

  1. They appreciate what they have
  2. They avoid asking “what if”
  3. They stay positive
  4. They disconnect
  5. They limit their caffeine intake
  6. They sleep
  7. They squash negative self-talk
  8. They re-frame their perspective
  9. They breathe
  10. They use their support-system

Read full article @ Forbes: How Successful People Stay Calm

Thank you Tarique


  1. Sounds right – tho’ a little counterintuitive ’cause if one did all these things, one arguably wouldn’t feel stress. But if you’re feeing stressed and someone tells you to breathe or take a nap – they might just tell you to take a flying leap off a short pier. Just sayin’… 😉


  2. Except for folks with mental illness. Then even low levels of positive stress trigger symptoms. By the time some of us reach “moderate” levels of stress, we’re unable to function at all.


  3. i find these to be true, but i really, really, love my caffeine. and trying to attain perfection is a stress unto itself i think.


  4. Once again you have helped me!


  5. this came at the right time


  6. Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
    I am reblogging this as I need to be reminded of the wisdom and to stay relatively calm if I want anything done.


  7. That’s all it takes? Geez, why didn’t I think of that?


  8. Peggy Farrell Schroeder says:

    I’m working on more sleep but the caffeine is a keeper :).


  9. They make it sound so easy…. or perhaps I’m a slow learner?
    Susan x


  10. Thank you for the visual- I’ve never seen that chart before and I found it helpful.


  11. That graph makes it look so sensible and straightforward, and yet….Finding that proper balance can be a real bear….


  12. Great strategies and so true!


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  14. Very informative. Loved all your points and hundred percent true. Thanks, Reblogged.. 🙂


  15. Reblogged this on EAG Consultancy Blog inc HBC and commented:
    This is great advice and would bearing in mind as we all have our stressful days and challenges in both our personal and professional lives!



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