With greater workplace demands comes greater stress - and it's taking a toll on our productivity and well-being.The standard recommendations are to exercise, meditate, eat better. But who has time for yoga poses amid nonstop meetings and pressing deadlines? Stress reduction becomes one more thing to do!Executive coach and psychotherapist Aimee Bernstein offers a more effective and realistic approach: embrace the pressure. See it as an energy source. Tap into its flow to accomplish more while feeling calm and centered. It's a counterintuitive message that frenzied professionals can actually use.Stress Less. Achieve More delivers relief for the overwhelmed. Part training manual, part spiritual guide, the book uncovers a total mental/physical/emotional formula to:
Stop reacting defensivelyRetrain natural responses to stress triggersResolve conflicts harmoniouslyEnergize fatigued teammatesRelax in difficult situations
In today's overbooked world, pressure is almost impossible to avoid. But with the tips, techniques, and exercises in Stress Less. Achieve More, you can turn it into your ally - and thrive under even the most demanding circumstances.
Aimee Bernstein, president of Open Mind Adventures, is a change accelerator and coach focused on leadership and personal development. Her clients have included executives from Dolce & Gabanna, The Ritz Carlton, Microsoft, NASA, Intel, and others.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Make Friends with Pressure: Following the Clues 1 1. Run Deeper, Not Faster: Understanding Pressure from a New Perspective 9 2. Don't Believe Everything You Think: Moving Beyond the Limitations of Your Personality Type 31 3. You Can't Get There from Not Here: Where Is Your Attention? 55 4. Function from Your Center: Preserving Your Integrity Under Pressure 75 5. When Things Are Bad, Envision Your Best: Extending Your Energy for High Performance and Creativity 95 6. Size Matters: Becoming as Big as the Job 117 7. Gain Control by Giving It Up: Resolving Conflicts Harmoniously 137 8. Nobody Does It Alone: Taking Your Heart to Work 163 9. Spark Creative Solutions in High-Pressure Situations: Listening Is More Than Hearing 189 Conclusion: You Reach Your Destiny in Spite of Yourself 215 Resources 225 Notes 229 Index 233 About the Author 241