It's Sunday Soul Revival time!
We'd like to talk to you about the
Pressure to Perform
What does it feel like for you to push through something within a stressful environment? What does it feel like to work up into the middle of the night trying to complete it? Or to have this feeling like you have this big weight on your shoulders to perform perfectly 24/7?
Sometimes the need to push through very stressful situations can be detrimental to our emotional and physical well-being.
When we are expected to perform we unconsciously put our health low on our priority scale.
Though some of these instances are unavoidable, it's important to not get caught up into the pressure to perform.
But what happens when we do? What can we do to help us become aware of more than just the stress to perform? How can we reduce the stress to find balance within our lives and all areas of our well being?
Here are some little tips to keep in mind when you are put into a high- pressure situation:
1. Find out how stress impacts you.
What does it feel like when you're stressed? It's important to be aware of how it effects you negatively. Has it ever made you feel stumped to make a decision or too overwhelmed to think straight or even try? When you find out what makes you stressed, you're able to manage it better.
2. What's the bigger picture?
Gain some perspective in this high pressure situation. Sometimes our situation isn't even as big a deal as we are making it in our minds and probably won't make as big of an impact on the rest of our lives. It can even be just a hiccup in comparison to your life journey.
3. Use stress to propel you forward.
Stress is an unavoidable emotion. It's used to help us take action to avoid a potential threat. But instead of letting the stress cripple and overwhelm you. Use it to your advantage. It can be a great tool for motivation if we are able to control it, not it control us.
4. Take a deep breath darlin!
We hear this a lot, "Take deep breaths when you're feeling stressed and anxious." But it's because it really does help! Think about the last time you have been in a stressful situation. Did your breath become short? Could you feel your heart pounding as if it were as loud as a drum and as fast as if you just watched a movie of this girl go into a dark room where you know the monster is in the closet. haha This response to stress happens to the best of us. So when we intentionally start to breath deep, we are able to control those emotions, lower our heart rate and calm our nervous system. Side too: yoga is a great way for calming the nerves and the mind😉
5. Final tip: Go to sleep!
Shut those peepers darlin! hehe Yes, this is a difficult thing to do, especially when you're stressed. But it's also one of the most important things to do! Lack of sleep only increases the negative emotions and effects of stress. Regardless of the amount of time you stood up worrying and preparing it won't do much good if you can't really think straight the next day to complete or get through the pressures of the situation.
The pressure to perform is no fun, no picnic and no good when it's making every aspect of your life miserable. And no one gets any shut eye stressing over things that are out of your control. Unfortunately it's true, you're going to be stressed now and then. You are also going to feel that pressure to perform. But becoming aware of your stressors is a great way to manage the stresses of daily life.
Like a diamond we can shine under pressure if know the right pressure points!
Have a lovely Sunday beauties 😍!
Go into the week letting your light shine and the best way to do that is to take care of yourself. And don't let the pressure to perform keep you from taking care of your physical, mental and emotional well being.
Elise and Chelsea ✨