How to handle stress when you need to be your best

Professor Modupe Akinola, a stress researcher at the Columbia Business School, shares tips.
2:09 | 07/21/19

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All right time for the "Download." A hack for handling stress when you need to be at your best in all sort of situations. I recently spoke to modupe akinola, a stress researcher at the Columbia business school. So, so many times we need stress in order to be at our best if we're going into a big meeting with our boss or if you're going to talk to a loved one. Your point is, stress is not always bad. Absolutely. Stress is our body preparing for action. One thing that is critical is having the right mindset about stress. Do you think, oh, my goodness, stress is deliberating, or it gives me the alertness or focus I need to tackle the stressful situation. Your body getting you ready to be at your best. How do you switch your mindset? One thing is just being self-aware. Many times, we feel like our body is tensing up, our hands are getting very, very sweaty, this is my body preparing for action it's not necessarily a bad thing. In my research when we tell students this little hack there that this is your body responding it's a good thing. They perform better on a test. That's incredible, and it makes sense. You told me when we do this our physiology actually changes. Absolutely. When you have stress is enhancing mindset, you're more likely to see the walls of your blood vessels expanding, dilating, you're preparing to act. How do we put this into practice? So, there are couple of things to think about. One thing is, the moment you feel that stress acknowledge it. Don't deny it. I'm feeling stress. Another thing to do is to say, wait a minute, what is it that I care about? And the third thing is to recall all the times when you have been under stress and you performed at your best. Great stuff. Thank you very much. If you want to hear much more of my conversation with professor modupe akinola, check out more the 10% happier podcast and we'll be right back with "Pop

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