Discovering your stress recovery personality lowers stress!
According to my research for my new book, Stress-Proof Your Life, job stress is at epidemic levels. Most stress reduction strategies tend toward the quiet, contemplative activities. These activities work well for some people, but for others… sitting quietly and concentrating on their breathing increases their stress because they can’t shut off thinking about the things causing them stress.
Border Collies need distracting, engaging, active activities to shut down the release of the stress hormone cortisol and allow the body to recover.
Iguanas can calm the body and process cortisol through occupying activities (such as reading or hobbies) or inner-focused activities (such as yoga or meditation).
One isn’t better than the other – they are both effective… for the right people.
What is your stress recovery personality? Take the quiz here.
You may not be 100% Iguana or Border Collie.
Often we land somewhere in between Iguana and Border Collie. Sometime we might need to get out and exercise to get rid of stress while other times we might need a quiet evening at home.
The point is to understand what works to lower your cortisol level, feel better, and get more of the important things done.
So now what?
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