Stress is inherent to being human. Yet, it doesn't have to be your enemy; it can be your ally. Knowing how to stress wisely is your best line of defense.
1. Seek clarity.
How do you want to feel during the day—calm, steady, capable, productive? Have a desired state in mind.
2. React appropriately.
Every action you take to manage your stress levels is either adaptive or maladaptive. Ask yourself: Is this behavior getting me closer to or farther away from my desired state?
3. Think of stress experiences as doses, and plan accordingly.
Do the stress doses today outmatch your ability to cope? If your day is going to be hard, simplify it however you can.
4. Be honest with yourself.
If you have recurring stressors, address them. Carrying stressful experiences or events into your future robs you of the energy you need to make today count.