Steven Spilberg admits he’s still afraid to go into the water, years after making JAWS. Countless people are scared to take a shower with the bathroom door unlocked, because of the movie, “Psycho.”
They’re experiencing their “stress points.”
What Are “Stress Points?”
You experience them mostly at work and home. It’s the coworker who keeps calling in sick, so you have to carry their load. The traffic on the way home. The family member who keeps asking to borrow money.
Stress points are people, places, things or circumstances that raise your stress to unhealthy levels.
Why is this important?
High levels of stress have been linked to heart attacks, strokes and other health issues. We go through our day letting these stress points ruin everything.
How many times have you got off to a great start and BOOM! One comment, text, cut-off in traffic, sends you into the abyss. Toss in a few more urgency’s and your stress rises.
Do you know what your “Stress Points” are? Here’s how to find them.
Step #1: Write Them Down
Write down your stress points. Don’t hold back. Write down whatever or whoever sends your stress upwards. Quick clue; it’s usually someone or something you’re close to. Sometimes, too close.
Step #2: Decide What Kind of Problem It Is
The four problem-types are technical, personal, relational and spiritual. Next to each stress point you write down, write a T, P, R or S next to it. This signifies the type of problem or stress point you’re dealing with.
Step #3: Determine How Often You’re Stressed
Now that you have nailed down your stress points, answer this question for each..
“How often does this problem stress me out?”
Is it every day, weekly, monthly? Or is it a constant, minute by minute assault on your psyche, energy, time? Knowing how often you get tripped up by your stress points will help you get to…
Step #4: Remove Your Stress Points
Okay, now that you have identified “the enemy” it’s time for removal. People aren’t the enemy. Your ability to solve problems correctly, is. Start with one stress point.
If time management raises your stress, find and use a good time management system. Check out the book, “The One Thing”, by Gary Keller. It gives you the cold, hard truth about time and getting things done.
Keep finding and removing or minimizing your stress points. Use books, e-courses, videos or whatever is available to you. Removing your stress points will take time. Some take years to remove or minimize.
Over time you will notice more energy, time and peace-of-mind. Plus some other health benefits you deserve!