LEARNING TO GEAR DOWN – WATCHING YOUR STRESS CUE
The diagram below resembles a speedometer.
The range on the meter is from “Slow” to “Whoa!”
However, we have the tendency to “over-rev” our engines, and you can sense when this is taking place.
For instance, you may find it difficult to catch your breath. You can feel your heart racing. On the other hand, perhaps it’s a cognitive example, such as snapping at someone. Or, it could be cursing under your breath. Whatever it is, it’s your “cue” to “back off the accelerator”, and slow down. So as an example.
To determine your "stress cue", to tell yourself to slow down, ask yourself:
I usually over-react when,
I know something is getting to me when,
Therefore my stress cue is, ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
By learning and practicing effective coping techniques, you can “de-accelerate” and bring yourself off the “red line”, and more stress free.