Stress is a very personal thing. What might be stressful to one person, can be motivational and energising to another and comforting to yet someone else.
Yes, stress is very subjective. However, most people would agree that stress concerns how we perceive the demands which we face in life. If we don’t feel up to the challenges, or aren’t motivated by them, they will be stressful and draining. In the short-term this can affect performance and teamwork. In the long-term it can affect health and profit.
An opposite of stress is flow – when you are energised, work seems easy, you are able to give fully of yourself and time goes quickly. You are in your flow when you do something you like and which comes naturally to you. How you can enjoy more flow will depend on your profile – a subject which we will be addressing in this article. Another opposite of stress is boredom. And in many ways, this is simply another form of stress. So the first thing to do to overcome stress and enjoy more flow is to understand yourself better so that there is less boredom, less tension and more playing to your strengths.
I use a variety of psychometric tools and one of them is called Talent Dynamics. This is a simple tool which helps you to understand yourself more fully so that you experience less stress and more flow.
It suggests four main profiles. I will share the main characteristics of each, as well as how each will experience stress and, at the same time, how each causes stress to others. I will finish with a few pointers on how to deal with that particular profile. It is a longer article than usual, so get yourself a coffee and enjoy. Even if you don’t identify with a particular profile, it provides insights into people who might be causing you stress, so it’s worth the 10 minutes it takes to read it.Continue reading