How to Deal with Stress

How to Deal with Stress: Practical Approaches for Better Results

by | Mar 3, 2021 | Asking For a Friend Featured |

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The ASPIRe Model Helps You Deal With Stress

In this week’s Asking For a Friend live, Karin Hurt interviews Eric Karpinski, author of Put Happiness to Work. We talk about practical approaches to help you deal with stress and maintain your productivity.

What is Stress?

Eric shares that stress is not inherently good or bad, it’s how we respond to it that matters.

In the figure below, he explains how the same stressful stimulus can provoke either a threat response or a challenge-response.

A threat response causes destructive emotional and biological side effects that can cause short and long-term problems. But, reframing your mindset to view the situation as a challenge, can actually be energizing and motivating and help you deal with stress more productively.

The Stress Response Continuum (learn more at 2:31)

how to deal with stress

Picture from Eric Karpinski, from Put Happiness to Work

Use the ASPIRe model to Deal with Stress

“You’re only stressed because you care.”

(Learn more at 5:52)

A– Acknowledge (Notice it, when it’s coming… “I’m feeling stressed)

S– Shift your mindset (Stress can be good for you, to give you the energy you need… “My heart beating faster is getting me ready to do something good.”)

P– Purpose (Find meaning in your stress- what is it that you care about that makes this so stressful).

I-Inventory your resources (Figure out who else can help or what other resources you can tap into)

Re-Reach out to others (You are not alone, even serving others can help)

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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