I think we can easily argue that executives often possess the ability to sustain a high amount of stress and that that ability is frequently one of the keys to their successful ability to maintain the roles that they are in. However, recently I have witnessed this ability to maintain high stress play out and go so far as to cause individuals to minimize their anxiety, their depression, their career burnout, and prompt them to fail to take any action to get support for themselves.
Now, that failure to take action, and the failure to hire support not only puts you at risk of perpetuating that high level of stress but unfortunately it also puts you at risk of the situation becoming exasperating. You see, that often starts a cascade of unwanted events. Physiologically, in your stressed-out body and nervous system, as well as in your key relationships. You see, withdrawing from your own emotional needs and doing nothing is a pattern. It is a relationship style. It is a common thing. As you withdraw from your own emotional needs unfortunately that cascade of events spills over into the other key relationships around you and you begin to withdraw from them in important ways as well.
So unfortunately it becomes a sinkhole of energy.
If you have been in a state of high stress I want to encourage you to research therapy and to take action. Now therapy can often feel like a relational endeavor which is a right-brain function and a lot of executives are predominantly left-brain thinkers. They are fantastic at being analytical thinkers and if that resonates with you you may need to build a bridge to make therapy accessible for you. That bridge is the bridge between research and ethicacy and asks lots of good questions about why you should pursue therapy and how it can benefit you and what can be done precisely.
I want you to know that a lot of therapeutic systems out there are based on science, in classic experimentation, and there are so many tools that have been repeatedly proven by research studies to be highly effective. So the research behind this stuff is pretty amazing. We know how to treat anxiety, we know how to treat depression, we know how to treat relationship stress, and we know how to treat career burnout.
Now secondly I want you to consider the possibility that doing nothing may be your worst possible option. Because unfortunately it leaves you without any new tools and it also leaves you without any new insights or perspectives meanwhile your nervous system becomes more and more accommodated and accustomed to being stressed out and you become more and more stuck in this place that you don’t actually wish to become your new norm. Food for thought.
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