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Stress is a part of the human condition, a gift from nature to help keep us motivated. Sometimes, however, we get too much of it. In yourself and in changing minds, managing stress is a key activity.

Interestingly, the Chinese for 'stress' is written with two characters. The first is 'danger' and the next is 'opportunity'. This highlights that stress is not all bad and that benefits can be gained from using felt pressure.

So what?

First, manage your own stress. Listen to your body. Spot the symptoms. Then find ways of reducing it. Relax, exercise, eat well. When you are feeing stressed, take a break. Under excessive stress, you are not at your best -- in fact you are near your worst. A bit of stress is ok, but too much is very bad for you.

Stress is also a key tool in persuasion, and creating tension happens in virtually all persuasive situations. The trick is to manage that stress: too much and the person will crack. Too little and they will not change.

See also

Stress Management, Emotions, Tension principle, Stress Management, Coping Mechanisms, Optimism and Pessimism

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