Thursday, April 27, 2017

Success With Stress by Jae Ellard





Believe it or not, stress isn't all bad; in fact, it's an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species - because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to manage stress with greater success is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.

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Assume Positive Intent

By Jae Ellard, Author of Success with Stress and Founder of Simple Intentions

It’s easy to get hooked or triggered in our modern world. Meaning, many times each day we feel resistance when conversations, outcomes, projects and meetings don’t go the way we hoped they would go or as we had planned. Perhaps someone who works for you delivered an underwhelming performance, or you disagree on strategy with your manager, or a friend/family member holds views that are very different from yours - regardless of the scenario, the feeling we experience is similar.
Some common emotional responses when things don’t go our way are we feel wronged, invalidated, frustrated or at times angry, and likely our responses (conversations and actions) reflect that. This only compounds the feelings we are experiencing and creates a mirror reaction in the person or people with which we are engaged.
At times, we may feel as if the person or people who triggered us did it intentionally or on purpose -which rarely ends up being the case. Most people wake up each day with a desire to do good and be good in this world.
We live in a world composed of 7 billion unique people each with his/her own idea of what “do good” and “be good” means - none of which are more right or more wrong than the other - just different. It is true that at times we harm each other with words and actions, disappoint each other, miss expectations or plainly act as a jerk. And it’s also true that most times these choices are not premeditated - the intent of the action is not to harm, disrupt or divide.
There is a different choice each one of us has when we feel hooked or triggered and that choice is to assume positive intent. This doesn’t mean ignore your feelings of displeasure. Rather, address them from a different place - one that starts with assuming the others involved started with a positive intent that just didn’t land.

Next time you feel hooked or triggered, experiment with making a choice to acknowledge that it may have been positive intent that created the situation - and that can get you out of it as well. The choice is yours.

[This article originally appeared on Huffington Post]








This brief treatment on what stress is and how it affects human life is an excellent introduction to this topic under the broader area of self care. I feel this book would be a valuable addition to any high school curriculum.

Stress is generally perceived as negative strain. The sources are varied and infinite.
How an individual perceives and reacts to stress is more important than the originating source. 
This book addresses stress and responses in small bits, offering practical and effective ways to reduce it's negative impact on one's life.

To some this may appear overly simplistic, yet the topic is well covered and explained.



Jae Ellard is an author, speaker, and expert on developing the skill of awareness in the workplace. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems. In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability and action at team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia.

Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.

Connect with Jae:  Website ~ Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~ LinkedIn





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