We all know that stress is literally a killer. It leads to elevated levels of cortisol which interferes with learning and memory, lowers immune function and bone density, and increases blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease.
"People who always perceived their daily life to be over-the-top stressful were three times more likely to die over the period of study than people who rolled with the punches and didn't find daily life very stressful." — Carolyn Aldwin
There are many ways to cope with stress, including exercise (my favorite), meditation, and healthier eating habits. However, I think it’s even better to deal with stress at the source when you can.
One frequent stressor in my previous working life was my workload. In particular, there were many times that we felt like we were constantly “fighting fires” and the latest and greatest urgent issue only added fuel to the flame.
In the moment, I felt like I just had to say “yes” and take on yet another burning issue.
Now, when a new…