Zoom-Out on Stress

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What is stress?

The first step in Zooming-Out on stress is to reflect on the very nature of stress itself. What is it? As always, a dictionary comes in handy.

But this it turns out that things are not so simple and that there is a better and more empowering definition that acknowledges the crucial and impactful role that perspective plays in stress.

Chronic Stress & Burnout

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What stresses you?

Stress audit…

Stress and perspective

Book: McGonigal book

Pressure & Performance

Inverted U

Comfort Zone – Stretch Zone – Panic Zone

Zoom-Out on Events

TOOL: Stress Bucket

TOOL: Breathe

“Anxiety is excitement without breath”

Fritz Perls, Founder of Gestalt Therapy

TOOL: Zoom-Out Catch Phrase

  • REVIEW HOMEWORK: Stress audit review
  • ZO Catch Phrase explained
  • EX + SET HOMEWORK: ZO Catch Phrases (using stress patterns from audit)

TOOL: Next Positive Action

  • NPA introduced – background and theory
  • MY EXAMPLES: ….
  • EXERCISE: Your own – refer back to stress audit – specific examples
  • SET HOMEWORK

TOOL: The Pledge

“Discretionary stress”

Perspective on events

Perspective on stress itself

Growth mindset

  • Proactivity and Zoom-Out – take responsibility for your perspectives & responses to events
  • The ZO Pledge: Protecting yourself from the ill-effects of stress and your own unhealthy responses to stress
    • My story – laying on the sofa after divorce court
  • SET HOMEWORK:
    • IMPLEMENT: The Pledge – keep a journal & refine stress audit?
    • READ: the poem: “Invictus” (“unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin) – by William Ernest Henley