Robert Yerkes and of , who showed that increases in stress and anxiety produce increases in performance and efficiency, but not indefinitely. And if the increases in stress and anxiety are hiked more and more past a certain point, performance and efficiency decline or are even diminished significantly.in his Wellness Book references the work of
The idea is to develop positive approaches to stress in order to increase the chances to adapt better to it. Susanne Kobasa, a psychologist at the, has shown that some persons are less vulnerable to stress–they have stress-hardy characteristics.
Benson lists four of these stress hardy traits–what he called the Four C’s: control, challenge, commitment, and closeness. Here are elements of stress-hardy people:
Control–the ability to make lasting personal choices and influence personal environment
Challenge–to see stressors as an opportunity to advance something good or for personal growth
Commitment–to feel deeply and personally involved despite the stress-producing activity, enough to keep interested and curious about the activities and the people
Closeness–to have warm relationships and social support
Benson also references the work of Dr Barrie Grieff, who was a psychiatrist at the. Grieff came up with the Five L’s of Success, which incidentally also help in managing stress.
The Five L’s are: Learn, Labor, Love, Laugh, and Let go. Here they
Learn–be open to new experiences, and absorb new information every day
Labor–work at something that brings meaning to life and satisfaction
Love–be able to give, recognize others, and receive
Laugh–chuckle with yourself and others
Let Go–don’t become too absorbed with things that are outside of your control
Grieff believes that these five things will enable one to be better at managing stress. Maybe they are worth a try. In short–the Four C’s and the Five L’s.
SOURCE: Herbert Benson, M.D. and Eileen Stuart, The Wellness Book.
(New York: Fireside Book, 1992)
Quote of the Week
“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King, Jr , (1929-1968), American civil-rights leader
Contributed by John P.